Class of '53 Reunions and Newsletters
From our 50th Reunion, here are more photos and comments, moved here from the main page.
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Manhattan Mafia, 1973
Mississippi River Cruise, November 2004
The Fiftieth Reunion is a Memory for all Memories
Under the superb leadership of Al Collins, the Reunion Committee presented a
program and an environment that allowed this memorable group to do just that
-- remember. The turnout was over half of our classmates and established the
all time record for participation in this wonderful weekend. There was more
to do than any of us could engage, and we participated in the large and small
events to suit our own fancies. However, all participated in the "Heart" of
the Reunion, the Memorial Service Saturday morning at Rollins. Don Goss and
his team organized the most meaningful and tasteful remembrance for our
classmates who cannot be with us anymore. All faiths, all persuasions, all
walks of life were acknowledge as we somberly stood, one by one, and the names
of those lost since the 45th were called. The music, the scripture, the
poetry, the love that emerged from that service extraordinaire turned all of
our hearts to the calling of the weekend --- love of our God as we see fit,
love for our country, love for one another, and love for Dartmouth. We felt
refreshed at the conclusion of this awesome tribute to our fallen mates. At
our closing dinner Saturday evening, Don was presented with a one time award
for his fifty years, that's right, FIFTY YEARS, of dedication to this class,
and to dear ole Dartmouth. The award is called "The Man." Don's heart and
soul have been in everything this class has done, as manifest in the
extraordinary Great Book, and it is certain we would not have become
Dartmouth Greatest Class, acknowledged by all, had it not been for the heart
Don gave to us. He is "The Man" for all time.
Here are some statements by Class leaders that were printed in the July 2003 issue of "53 Out." The first is Al Collins's "Personal Note." Please click Here, and below is a photo of Al and Nan at Leverone Fieldhouse.
The second is John Sigler's Valedictorian Address.
The third is Fran L'Esperance's speech accepting the Classmate of the Year Award. Go to Fran L'Esperance. And here is a great photo of Fran in supercap and gown:
We are in the process of putting up the photos published by Don Goss in his "Special 50th Reunion Photo Issue" of June 2003. Take a look at Reunion Photos.
Tom McBride sent in the following, with accompanying photo:|
When at the reunion, I took this digital of the Freshman Commons, which is a bit fancier than it was in our days but still recognizable.
One of my memories of the Commons, where I worked for meals, was the time when our class "got even" with Miss Kirkbride, the dragon nutritionist who whacked the hand of anyone who grabbed an extra dessert. When she appeared in the doorway from the kitchen, hundreds of baked potatoes were lofted across the room in her direction.
I'd be interested in any memories of that infamous eatery.
|Next, two shots of the "Sultans," who entertained in the Class of '53 tent on Thursday night of Reunion. |
Left to right, Al Kinney from Cincinnati; Bob Lonsbury, '53, clarinet, Ron Thorburn, '51 at the piano, Ham Carson from Seattle, and Tom McCrea, '50 banjo. Jim Wheaton, '53, valve trombone, took the photo. Frank Amick, '53, was there and sat in.
The rhythm section included Tom Ruggles, '50, on guitar, local bass player Dave Westphalen, Mike Payson, '53 on drums, and Ron Thorburn, '51, on piano.
(For more information about this Dartmouth reunion jazz band, go to Dartmouth Jazz