Reunion Report: 1948

By John T. Nowell and Breffny Feely Walsh / July / August 2003
June 22nd, 2007
Our 55th reunion will certainly be remembered for the weather! We registered under cloudy skies, then gathered for cocktails and greetings at our headquarters in the Chi Phi House. We were then served a delightful dinner at the faculty club. Few chose to emulate Gene Kelly and go “dancing in the rain” afterward at Campus Dance.

Saturday many attended the forums, and at noon the Pembroke and Brown classes held their separate lunches, the women at Aldrich House and the men at the Sharpe Refectory. The drizzle abated long enough for the men’s reunion picture. At the men’s class meeting after lunch the following officers were elected for five years: president Robert G. Huckins ’50 A.M., vice president Burton I. Samors, treasurer James P. Elder, and secretary and reunion chair John T. Nowell. In the evening, the class banquet was served by Café Nuovo in the rotunda of the Citizens Bank Building. Following dinner, those attending the fine performance of Harry Connick Jr. and his Big Band had a view from on high at PPAC.

Sunday, our class presidents, Nancy Cantor Eddy and Bob Huckins, lit candles in memory of departed classmates at the all-class memorial service. We then boarded a bus for Bristol and a fabulous Rhode Island lobster boil at the Haffenreffer Reservation on the shore of Mt. Hope Bay, where many also took the opportunity to visit the anthropology museum. Returning to Providence, we enjoyed viewing WaterFire in the evening. Cool, but no rain.

Monday the rain came! Undaunted, armed with umbrellas, clad in an assortment of water-repellent gear, and led by class marshal Elizabeth Montali Smith, we marched proudly with our 55th reunion banner. The infectious enthusiasm of the class of 2003 warmed us against the chill. Finally, we headed for the showers and home. The class would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our classmate Don Partrick, who hosted the dinners and lobster boil.

John T. Nowell




Beginning on May 23, sixty-seven members of the class of ’48 gathered to celebrate their 55th Brown/Pembroke class reunion. The activities started Friday night with cocktails and dinner at the faculty club. On Saturday morning the library posthumously presented the William Williams Memorial Award to Helena-Hope Gammell. The award recognizes long service and generosity to Brown’s library system.

Throughout the weekend classmates took part in the traditional programs of lectures, dance, and music, as well as well-planned lunches and dinners, culminating on Sunday afternoon with a spectacular clambake overlooking Mt. Hope Bay.

In spite of the rain, the Monday march down College Hill was, as usual, fun. Marshall Elizabeth Montali Smith led the class. Mary Mycek, Justin Green, and Lotte Van Geldern Povar ’62 M.A.T. carried the reunion banner, proudly noting that we were celebrating our 55th reunion.

It was exciting to see what had changed on campus and what was familiar. But the biggest thrill was visiting once again with fellow classmates and friends.

Breffny Feely Walsh

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