Why you should attend our 55th Reunion323v9385-1-

1:00PM Fri 2 Jun 2017 - 2:00PM Sun 4 Jun 2017

Hosted by the WCAA


Whether it's the 50th or the 55th, the thing that makes our reunions meaningful is our special class bond. Come and enjoy the company of your classmates – the smartest, most interesting women you could ever meet. No excuses about this being merely the 55th. As Judy Myers Kinsey has said, "What's in a number?"  The 55th is going to be great!

It's time to register for reunion, purchase your record book, and join the committees making all this possible.


To register for reunion online and pay with a credit card, sign up at http://www.wellesley.edu/alumnae/events/reunion/1962. If you register by April 7th, you can take advantage of Early Bird savings. Those who prefer to register by mail, can return the mailed registration forms and pay by check.

NOTE: Financial assistance for reunion attendance is available for Wellesley alums. If that could help you to join your classmates for our amazing 55th reunion, please call the Alumnae Association at 781-283-2343. Your request will be kept strickly confidential.

To buy your copy of the record book online, go to our class website, www.1962.alum.wellesley.edu, and click on the item entitled "Wellesley Class of 1962 Store." Again, if you prefer to order by mail, return the order form you'll be receiving in the mail. We count on your purchase to support the cost of producing this keepsake. If you wish to contribute extra to our spirit fund, your gift  will be used to cover classmates for whom the cost of reunion and the record book are a stretch.

If you're good at phoning classmates, join Judy Myers Kinsey's ROAR Committee. ROAR stands for Reach Out and Connect. Nothing is more effective than a personal invitation to attend reunion and purchase a record book. Join her group – jkinsey@bevcomm.net or 507-269-3462. OR do your own mini-ROAR – contact classmates you would like to see at reunion – those you know and those you didn't – and ask them to attend reunion with you. If you would like to join one of the other reunion committees, please get in touch with Nancy Briska Anderson at rljudge@mindspring.com, or call her at 478-477-5835.

Getting Ready

Your 55th Reunion Committee is hard at work, preparing for our 55th Reunion at Wellesley on June 2 - 4, less than three months to go!  We want YOU and your spouse or guest as well!

Nancy Briska Anderson, our wonderful Reunion Chair, is coordinating with our class officers and committee members on events and plans, as well as with the Alumnae Association.  Record Book Co-Chairs Joanne Couch Cogar and Mike Obourn Quenell  and editors Jane Levine Lewit, Peggy Ragland Shoosmith, and Martha Reardon Bewick have already completed work on the beautiful Reunion Record Book, which includes color photography and poetry, as well as your reflections.  You’ll receive an order form in the mail shortly, and will be able to send a check or pay by credit card.  Judy Myers Kinsey and her committee are working on our class gifts and encouraging our participation (aiming at a whopping, record-breaking 85%), and Marjorie Jacobs Yashar is encouraging our Durant Gifts.

(NOTE: If you need financial assistance to attend Reunion, please call the Alumnae Association at 781-283-2343. Your request will be kept confidential. This has made a difference to some of our classmates’ being able to attend.  Our contributions to the Spirit Fund help as well.)  

The Reunion Events

June 2 - Friday

Our Great 55th Reunion begins on Friday, June 2, at 1:00PM.  Come to Claflin Hall, overlooking Lake Waban, which is our residence, and sign in.  (If you need to make registration changes through the weekend, you can check in at the Lulu Chow Wang Center.) You have the afternoon to attend faculty lectures and campus open houses.

At 5:00 PM our Hospitality Committee, led by Angie Forbes-Freeze, Betsy Bolln Munzer and Helen Goldblatt Guttentag, will provide a welcome social hour at Claflin.  Peggy Mahaney Rhoades will provide flowers for our weekend, and  Annie Steele Hummel will gather our crafts, books, and photos for a class exhibit at Claflin.  We’ll wander down to the Davis Museum and enjoy a convivial, glad-to-be-back celebration buffet at 6:00PM (either regular or vegetarian), accompanied by red and white wine, under the tent on the Davis Museum Plaza that evening. This will be followed at 9:00PM by an All Class Dance Party under the tent on the Academic Quad, or social time back at Claflin.

June 3, Saturday

If you are an early riser, you can join a group from the Department of Physical Education walking around Lake Waban (7:00AM) from Severance Green.  Breakfast will be available in the Claflin Recreation Room from 7:00 - 9:00AM.  Various sports events are scheduled early as well at the Keohane Sports Center.

Our class meeting, led by our Class President Sally Rial Phelps, election of new class officers, and thanks to our outgoing officers, and memorial to honor deceased classmates, organized by Muffy Kleinfeld, will take place in the Clafllin Living Room from 9:00AM to 10:30AMCarol Kurson Goldman will remind us of Wellesley’s interest in our archives. During the day, there will be faculty lectures, open houses and campus tours which you are welcome to attend.

From 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM the 127th Annual Meeting of the Alumnae Association will take place at the Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium.  We will enjoy an opportunity to hear Wellesley’s extraordinary new President, Dr. Paula Johnson, welcome us all, and talk about events of the year. After the meeting, we will enjoy a lunch buffet back in the Claflin Recreation Room at 12:30PM.

From 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Betsy Cole will moderate a class discussion panel “Fostering Community: Transitions that Accompany Our Age.”  This will be of particular interest to those who would like an an opportunity to share our transitions. Faculty lectures and campus open houses will also be taking place.

At about 5:45PM, we will walk or take a shuttle to the Wellesley College Club for our gala ’62 Class Dinner. Toni Hess Gal and her committee have planned an elegant, royal-hued capstone to our 55th Reunion. Join classmates at the Wellesley College Club on the lake for an evening which will focus on reconnecting: no program, just your choice of delicious food and drink, and conversation, conversation, conversation.  Our Class Social Hour begins at 6:00PM, and dinner at 7:00PM. (Your dinner choices include seared Atlantic Salmon, Chicken with Mushroom Marsala Sauce, and Toasted Potato Gnocchi)

June 4, Sunday

Our Sunday begins with breakfast in the Claflin Recreation Room from 7:00 – 9:00 AM.  Alternatively, there are Multifaith Breakfasts scheduled at various campus locations.

At 9:15PM, a “Sunday Celebration: In Gratitude and Remembrance,” will be held at Houghton Chapel.  This will be followed by the grand Alumnae Parade, staged throughout the campus. 

The parade kicks off at 10:30AM.

Remember the words of our class song? “Queen Wellesley’s crown is made of ivy, not of gold...” The 55th reunion insignia will certify 1962’s royalty with a unique, handmade ring of purple flowers. Marjorie Jacobs Yashar, who brought us 2012’s popular fascinator, is outdoing herself with this whimsey, which will encircle our heads. A scepter-like umbrella (it MAY rain!) will give further evidence of our monarchical prerogative as we parade in regal splendor across campus.

At 12:00 noon, following the great parade, Martha Reardon Bewick, Bonnie Cobert Millender, Sue Ellen Parrott, Anne Rippy Turtle and Chartis Bell Tebbetts invite you to reconvene under the tent at Davis Plaza at noon to bid “Farewell” to the 55th. Our picnic will feature box lunches with your sandwich of choice, fruit, cookies and various beverages. Relax and enjoy a last catch-up with classmates before we depart. Family members are welcome.  (Your luncheon choices will include chicken salad wrap, roast beef and boursin wrap, veggie and hummus wrap, pastries, fruit, and beverages).

We wrap up our 55th Reunion at 2:00PM, and will plan to meet again at future mini-reunions and at our 60th.