President’s letter, 2004

December 2004

Dear Class of 1967,

We are one year closer to our 40th reunion than the last time I wrote. Save the dates now: June 1-3, 2007.

We have our very own website, created by Susan Ames. Go to, click on “Alumnae/i” to find the links to the class websites. Go to “1967” . . . and there we are! Susan has put together an informative site that is very easy to use. The “Reunion” button, for example, takes you to the page on which our Reunion Managers, Elana Klausner Vikan and RenĂ©e Allard Betts, invite you to our most important reunion in which we will be the VIPs of the weekend. The Class Collectors home page, starring Lynette Perkins and Terry Hirshorn, has links to interesting statistics about our giving habits as well as a link to give to the Annual Fund online (I’ve tried it and it is very, very easy and very, very convenient). The page of the Class Editor, Taffy Brecht Everts, invites you to send an e-mail (before February 1, 2005, please! For the next column) should you have events to report or musings to share as well as links to past class notes from the Bulletin. I, too, have a page on which you can find a link to past newsletters. Click on “etc.” at the bottom of the class home page to read Susan’s appeal for borrowed web space in order to store photos.

There is a major change in reunion policy. The College is phasing out Cluster Reunions and instituting class reunions every five years. You can, of course, attend any reunion you wish, and it is easy to register on the Bryn Mawr College website.

The Alumnae Register questionnaire will be sent in March 2005, either by e-mail or by post. About a year later the new Register will be for sale, either in digital or hard copy format. The last Register came out in 2001.

Even those of us who didn’t take anthropology know what an exciting and charismatic teacher Frederica de Laguna was. The College announced her death on October 6, 2004, three days after her 98th birthday. A graduate of Bryn Mawr, Class of 1927, Professor de Laguna is best known for her interdisciplinary study of a North American Indian society, Under Mount Saint Elias: The History and Culture of the Yakutat Tlingit, published in 1972. In the best Bryn Mawr tradition, she had founded her own press in the month before her death and was revising the Tlingit book when she died.

This has been a momentous year for all of us. We have not faced the issues of an unpopular war since we were at college or beginning our families and careers. The arguments seem to be the same only different. Can it be that only 15 years ago we were celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and thought that the Cold War was over? In the hope that this season is truly one of peace and joy when you gather with friends and family,

Penny Milbouer
Class President