Lou Buck, Gates Hawn, Ted May, Williams Mini-Reunion Oct. 21, 2017, 1896 House

Lou Buck, Gates Hawn, Ted May, Williams Mini-Reunion Oct. 21, 2017, 1896 House

Dear Classmate,

Though it is two years away, I want to extend a cordial invitation to you to join us for the great Class of 1970’s 50th Reunion celebration, June 10-14, 2020.

As we were the last all-male class at Williams, there was an initial groundswell of interest in “Rekindle the Bromance” as a fitting tag line for our 50th reunion. However, broader minded thinking prevailed and the Reunion Planning Committee elected to go with the more tempered “Reconnect, Reflect, and Celebrate.”

Reconnect:  The committee’s overarching goal for our 50th is that as many members of our class as possible return for this momentous occasion. Beginning with the launch of the Class of ‘70 website, the committee will be making every effort to encourage classmates to “Reconnect.”

Mini-Reunion Planning Meeting, Oct. 21, 2017. Mears House. Tom Crowley, Ken McCurdy, Don Berens, Gates Hawn, Fred Eames, Helen Moriyama

Mini-Reunion Planning Meeting, Oct. 21, 2017. Mears House. Tom Crowley, Ken McCurdy, Don Berens, Gates Hawn, Fred Eames, Helen Moriyama

We hope you will take advantage of this website by updating your Profile Page, changing your Profile Picture, and submitting photos and personal information you would like to provide for your profile page as a way to reconnect with classmates before the reunion. Then plan on attending the 50th to reconnect with old friends over the course of the long reunion weekend.

Reflect.  An integral part in reaching out to the members of our class will be asking them to “Reflect” on their Williams experience. From the friendships we forged, the education we received, and the professors with whom we had engaged, we each left Williams with enduring memories of our four years on campus. Ideally, these memories will serve as a strong inducement for you to return for the 50th when we all will have a wonderful opportunity to share and “Celebrate” with the friends we made fifty years ago.

Vigil for Peace Band on Chapin Steps

Vigil for Peace Band: David Coplan, Clarinet, Trombone, G.W. Turner, Larry Wellington

The following reflection offered by an anonymous member of the Class of ’67 provides a personal insight into why 50th reunions can be so significant:

This is a good point in life to reconnect. We have largely done what we will do, lived the lives that we will live. There is a kindness and easiness that comes with this. Old divisions are not erased entirely but they seem less urgent. We’re quicker to see ourselves in each other and understand there’s more that unites us than separates. It would be good if the whole country could come to a 50th reunion.

As preparations for the 50th are ongoing, periodically check the class web site for reunion details as they unfold as well as for important information concerning pre-reunion events such as the Presidential Forum in late September 2018 and the Williams in Oxford trip in June 2019. As the reunion approaches, you can also access the website to see who will be attending.

Our 50th Reunion promises to be great event. Please plan on coming back!

Best wishes,

Lou