45th Reunion Recap

Our forty-fifth reunion has come and gone, leaving behind gladsome memories for the more than ninety classmates who attended part or all of the weekend’s activities.

Under fair skies and freshened by (mostly) cool breezes, the campus never looked better. We were headquartered in the college’s newest residential facility, Horn Hall, a short walk from most of our class activities.

Early arrivals again enjoyed an excellent supper at the home of Bonnie and Doug Herr on Thursday evening, where a number of “Great Conversations” (our reunion theme) got underway and continued throughout the weekend. Doug also once again served as golf chair, which he handled with his customary skill and aplomb.

Friday evening began with cocktails followed by dinner at the Paresky Center, after which the class and its guests were treated to an outstanding concert by the inimitable Livingston Taylor, who first performed at Williams our junior year, and who as always captured our collective mood at the reunion and expressed it in words and music.

On Saturday afternoon, Paul Tucker spoke—masterfully as always--to an enthusiastic capacity crowd about how exhibitions of great art are assembled and presented. Drinks followed by the class dinner that evening at the Faculty Club saw yet more delicious meal, with Steve Barger serving as master of ceremonies for the program that followed. Reunion committee members and the outgoing class officers were thanked for their service. John LaPann and Wendy Hopkins were elected class president and vice president, to serve until our 50th reunion in 2022. Dale Riehl and Jerry Carlson were elected to be co-secretaries; Cas Groblewski will serve as class treasurer. 

The Purple Cow Bell Award, presented every five years to a classmate who has given distinguished service to or on behalf of the class, was awarded to David Farren. The former and current class presidents, Reg Pierce, Skip Durning, Sam Moss, Gregg Peterson, Harry Kangis, and David Webster, read in turn the names of the forty-three classmates who have gone before us, which was followed by a moment of silence. The program ended with the singing of “’Neath the Shadow of the Hills,” most ably accompanied on flute by Jacqueline Fallon of the college’s alumni relations office, after  which we adjourned to the tent outside Horn Hall for a delightful festival of music and dancing to the music of John Kincheloe and his band. Sunday morning saw us again gathered under the Horn Hall tent for a delicious brunch, followed by the inevitable and inexorable departures of almost everyone for home.

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