Reunion Report: 1972

By Joan Wernig Sorensen / July / August 2002
July 11th, 2007

"We had an absolute ball." "We wouldn't change a thing for the thirty-fifth." Those are just two of the many comments we heard from the 108 classmates and sixty-six spouses and guests who flocked to campus for our thirtieth reunion. Visit our class Web site ( to view pictures from the weekend. The reunion started Friday evening with dinner at the Faculty Club and ended with our march down College Hill on Monday morning.

Ah, the pride of parenthood. The class of ’72 turns over the banner-carrying duties.

In between we enjoyed a class luncheon with Chancellor Emeritus Artemis Joukowsky '55. As reunion gift cochairs, Josef Mittlemann and I presented Artie with a check for more than $4 million. This included $336,537 for the Brown Annual Fund. We are still short of our annual-fund goal, and it is not too late to give. The luncheon was followed by a class forum, "Congested Intersections Following the Turn of the Century: Managing the Collisions of Health Care, Information Technology, and the Law." Thanks to organizer and panelist Mark Blumenkranz; moderator Sue Farrell; and panelists Don Abrams, Rick Johnson, and Professor Andy van Dam. Saturday evening we ate dinner under the tent at Aldrich House before the pops concert. About a dozen of our former professors joined us for cocktails and dinner.

Sunday morning we enjoyed a sumptuous brunch under a tent at Maddock Alumni Center. The Rev. Bertrice Wood conducted an emotional memorial service for our thirty deceased classmates. Then we were off to the Haffenreffer Museum in Bristol for a clambake and back to Providence for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and WaterFire.

There were a lot of tired, but very happy, classmates marching down the Hill the next morning. Class president George Billings and I led the procession as aides to the chief marshal. Eileen Rudden, president-elect of the Brown Alumni Association, was the class marshal and led a group of twenty-five classmates.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the weekend so special. Special thanks to ,b>Ari Gerstman '05, son of Sharon Stern Gerstman, who was our student helper for the weekend.

30th reunion attendees included:

Donald Abrams, John Barstow, Wendy Goldwyn Batteau, Laura Becker, Arlyn Bell, Emilie Benoit, Arnie Berman, George Billings, Mark Blumenkranz, Elaine Boccumini, Jean Braucher, Jill Schaeffer Broer, Rick Broer, Paul Bush, Carleton Clinch, Bill Coakley, Alison Conant, Tom Corcoran, Leslie Costello, Oliver Cromwell, Dan Cummings, Jay Cunningham, Joan McDonald Definis, Gregory Doench, Joseph Doherty, Maureen Gallagher Donelan, Michael Donelan, Gerald Eaton, Vivian Faden, Susan Farrell, Jon Fauver, David Feiner, Bob Fisk, Wendy Fredericks, Linda Casinghino Freeman, Avi Wagenberg Ganbar, Sharon Stern Gerstman, William Golden, Barry Goldwasser, Barry Gottlieb, Marnie Greenwood, Samuel Halpern, Ruth Hanno, Linda Hayward, Phyllis Henrici, Marla Hires, Andrea Cali Hughes, Nancy Jackson, Melissa Bradford Jacobson, Janet Buttolph Johnson, Rick Johnson, Mandy Hansen Lucas, Robert Ludwig, Kathleen MacDonell, Lois Abromitis Mackin, Jay Maddock, Dave Mahon, Eric Marcus, Beth Martin, William McNeely, Joe Mittlemann, Mollie Moran, Donna Hall Neff, Jo Ann Neusner, John Nicklas, Linda Papermaster, John Pearson, Dennis Percher, Peter Perl, Anne Christie Plochman, Terry Plochman, Doug Price, Robert Rabbino, Clare Rabinow, Elaine Rich, Dana Robinson, Susan Rogers, Bill Roland, Mibs Wilson Rosenbaum, Paul Rosenberg, Steven Rothstein, Eileen Rudden, Clifton Saper, Eric Scherzer, Jim Schmidt, Patch Schwadron, Ann Seelye, Moe Shore, Nancy Sleator, Gary Sockut, Joan Sorensen, Donald Stanford, Margie Stroock, Wendy Strothman, Jane Fraser Sutton, Henry Swirsky, Jeff Tabak, Stowe Tattersall, Adolph Vezza, Roger Vogt, Susan Waldrop, Emely Katz Weissman, Chuck Wolf, Constance Wolfe, Bertrice Wood, Joan Zahorjan, Jerry Zeldis, and Marcia Zucker.

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