A quarantine is like college: no haircuts, no dentist, no church, no visits to parents, but flexible schedules and too much drinking. The word quarantine, as we all now know, derives from the Italian word for 40.
Forty marks a time of waiting, preparing, testing. Pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. We have been out of college for 40 years. Forty is a long time, whatever you are marking.
Our reunion, of course, has been postponed. The 110 lawyers in our class best understand that we have all received an extension of time. We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.
Many thanks to reunion chairs Cathy McGrath and Alex Frank for their hard work. They are still on the hook for when we do gather together. Cathy and Alex determined long ago (in March) that our reunion would not take place this year. Who could have seen this coming? Cathy and Alex did.
Susan Fagerstrom and Mark Alperin have been most excellent co-presidents, encouraging new ideas while keeping us focused on getting things done. Our 60th birthday party in Scottsdale, Arizona, was a highlight of their administration. Susan and Mark are writing a book about alumni volunteerism titled Herding Cats.
Frank Fesnak and Rob Daisley were great co-secretaries, bringing new wit and perspective to these pages. Our partnership was a troika that worked.
Lisa Shanahan carefully steered the committee that selected the recipients of the Parker Small Award. The names of the honorees will be kept under wraps awaiting a public ceremony. While preparing for reunion, Lisa was running for election to the common council in Norwalk, Connecticut. Lisa received the most votes in her district and more than double the vote totals received by her Republican challengers. Is Lisa’s victory a harbinger of November?
With sorrow, I report the sudden passing of Andy Glassberg in early June. With his positive energy, intellectual curiosity, and warm hospitality, Andy embodied the Dartmouth spirit. Last reunion, Andy stood with me on the dais in Rollins Chapel and helped read the names of our deceased classmates. When we meet again, we will read Andy’s name. Thoughts and prayers for Barbara and their two daughters.
Pandemics are a time to remember what is important. Dartmouth is important. The Upper Valley is important. Old friends are important. The ties that bind are important.
Reunions are about the here and now, not old glory days. Moving forward through time, my connections to Dartmouth and my friendships with classmates have grown and deepened, enriched with layers of meaning. Now more than ever, I am grateful for the College, the beauty of its place in the world, and longtime friends.
Don Henley decided the heart of the matter is forgiveness. I will gratefully accept forgiveness, but as we remember what is important and why we have been called to be present in this strange and charged time, I turn again to faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.
—Wade Herring, P.O. Box 9484, Savannah, GA 31412; (912) 944-1639; email@example.com