Reunion 2012 was the 45th for the Class of 1967. Our Renee Betts and Elana Vikan (Reunion
Managers) along with Jeanne Lance (Bi-Co Hour) and Bev Lange Baserga (Friday
night dinner) provided a long weekend party where we came together to rediscover
how stunningly beautiful the campus is and how much fun it is to gather to talk
about everything and anything. All the paths we took since graduation are so
different, but they weave together to become a vine that supports us all. Alma
Lee Carpenter led us at the Step Sing. I hadn’t been to one in a long time and
well concealed in the group, I rediscovered the fun of singing songs whose words
I didn’t really know and whose melodies I had forgotten. On Saturday Nimet
Habachy led us in a discussion of our lives that gave us much to
Our Reunion was
marked by the absence of Mary Delaney McConaghy, who died on May 16th of ALS.
Ruth Levy Guyer read Mary’s last email where she was looking forward to seeing
everyone at Reunion. Kathryn Grossman, who spoke at Mary’s memorial service on
Saturday afternoon, made sure that classmates who wanted to attend had rides.
The College had
scheduled the usual irresistible menu of lectures, walks, panels, and
activities. Bryn Mawr President Jane McAuliffe presented the State of the
College at the Saturday lunch. The statistic that stood out in my mind is that
Bryn Mawr is in the top ten colleges whose students go on to earn a Ph.D. Most
of us attended the lecture on polarization in politics by Alice Rivlin, Class of
’52. Polarization, she said, is worse than she’s ever seen but there is hope.
Open primaries seem to work; other measures might be to make voting easier, take
redistricting out of the hands of legislators, and pressure candidates to pledge
to work across the aisle.
morning, three bagpipers led the Parade of Classes to Goodhart. Our Class
Committee for Reunion Giving (Terry Newirth Hirshorn, Alma Lee Carpenter,
Beverly Lange Baserga, Janet Ohle Ghigo, Ronnie Scharfman, and Peggy Heston
Greenwood) and our entire class can be proud of the results, which were
announced at the Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association: “1967 raised
$136,823 for this year’s Annual Fund. Eighty-six classmates donated representing
an overall 2012 giving participation of 61 percent and a cumulative, Grand
Reunion total of $1,562,617 in gifts to the College:” The final tally to include
last-minutes gifts isn’t available yet, so we can round up the total. Well
Our class elected
our class officers to a new term. Lucy Horton was elected and agreed to serve as
our class webmistress.
Fun. Good food.
Dorm life. Book store (I refreshed my mug and t-shirt assortment). Above all
classmates and friends. Save the date: May 2017, our Fiftieth!