Give a rouse to our 35th reunion committee organizers who mastered the art of the pivot when hopes for an on-campus gathering went virtual. The tireless efforts of reunion committee members made this virtual reunion gathering quite exceptional given the circumstances. Chair extraordinaire Beth Parish capably steered the committeethrough the ups and downs of planning. Additional praise goes to all committee members, including Jeff Weitzman, our digital communications wizard as well as weekend tech expert who kept everyone connected. Jeff also shared a grainy but mighty fine video from our fifth reunion brimming with nostalgia, hairdo and wardrobe throwbacks, and spotlighting Barry Bass and his air-guitar bandmates performing “The Look of Love”; Shelley Levitt Nadel, our treasurer, who oversaw the least expensive reunion ever; Claudia Broeker Egger, our swag coordinator, even though being virtual meant there was none; Beth Gilman Hobbs, our out-of-the-box creative genius brainstorming on event ideas who also assembled a rocking reunion soundtrack that you can access on our class website; Bill Tyree, who served as the virtual conductor and a performer with several classmates on a tear-inducing, a cappella rendition of ‘Dartmouth Undying’ and the alma mater (was Bill really singing?); and Ron DenBroder, who as programming chair developed our DartMoth Radio Hour featuring Patty (Waldman) Thompson, James Evans, Chris Hermann, and Carolina (Kuczynski) Reid sharing their personal journeys. Ron also recruited Emily Saltzman and Dr. Joyce Sackey for a fascinating panel conversation on the “Future of Higher Ed” moderated by Beth Parish. This was Ron’s first-ever participation at one of our reunions and, likely, not his last.
Kudos to Joe McGee, Joe Neihaus, Andy Ford (Dartmouth College Fund heads), and all our class agents for rallying classmates to exceed a 35-percent-participation giving level. This unlocked an anonymous class donor’s gift marking our 35th reunion with the establishment, in perpetuity, of the Class of 1985 Scholarship. Wow!
A million thanks to all outgoing class officers, notably president Joe Riley,and a warm welcome to incoming officers (especially those who are staying aboard), led by co-presidents Beth Gilman Hobbs and Valerie Hartman. There are several ways for anyone to get involved with our class so please reach out to either Beth or Valerie with your interest!
Additional classmates seen on the screen, in no particular order, included Scorpio Rogers, Lauren Sonstrom, Jim Sapienza, Chris Call, Tony Hilliard, Sue Finegan, Jill Morgan, Aaron Hill, Veronica Jenkins, Amy Harned, Cindy Davis, Juanne Harris, Todd Cranford, Linda Blockus, Laura Abrahamsen, Margo Buckels Miyashiro, Kim Booker-Schmid, Suzanne Ferguson Burkhardt, David and Margaret Marder, Jon Grussing, Kate Lauer, John Glenn, Heidi Clark, Phil Ankeny, Ed Burns, Rick Joyce, Michelle Duster, Noel Danforth, Jennifer Barron, John Palmer, Donna Fraser Gourdeau, Lynn Fabrizio, and Diane Bonina.
For anyone unable to have been in the Zoom where reunion 2021 happened, the countdown has begun to Homecoming Weekend October 8-10. Mark your calendar and try your best to get to Hanover where we will (finally) gather.
All the best to all of you!