1969 40th reunion report

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At final count, 257 classmates and 132 guests attended our 40th Reunion, May 28-31, 2009. This reunion was held during the weekend before Commencement, so classmates could stay on campus in a dorm room. All events were on campus in Harvard buildings. Cost of the full weekend was $369 per person, classmate or guest; cost of a half-reunion (either Thursday-Friday or Saturday-Sunday) was $269 per person.

The reunion was chaired by Eleanor Hobbs and Benjamin Levy. Committee members were Anne Aylward, Janet Barker, Jim Cooney, James Farmer, John Forster, Bob Hall, Jon Hubbard, Nick Humez, John Kelly, Christopher Krebs, Bonnie Luternow, Blue Magruder, Joe Mullin, Dean Nicastro, Scott Present, Dan Robinson, Andrew Rudnick, Kip Schur, Doug Sears, Sarah Smith, Tony Smith, Anne Whiston Spirn, and June Grant Wolf. Courtney Shurtleff, of the Harvard Alumni Association staff, gave wonderful advice and skillful help.

Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1969 - 40th Reunion Schedule

Thursday, May 28

2:00 pm - Reunion Headquarters at Quincy House Junior Common Room opens for check-in

free time - tour campus and Boston, visit museums and libraries

8:00 pm - welcome reception (Harvard Yard - Memorial Church porch)

Friday, May 29

8:00 am - continental breakfast (Boylston Hall - Ticknor Lounge)

9:00 am - concurrent symposia (choose one)

   I Photography As A Political Art  (Boylston Hall - Fong Auditorium)

Diana Mara Henry '69, Alex MacLean '69, Anne Whiston Spirn '69, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor '69 (moderator)

   II The United States In The New World  (CGIS South S010 - Tsai Auditorium)

Prof. Stanley Hoffmann (unable to attend), Christopher Davis '69, Alexander Keyssar '69, Nancy Rosenblum '69, and Benjamin Levy '69 (moderator)

11:00 am - memorial service (Harvard Yard - Memorial Church)

12:15 pm - lunch (Lamont-Houghton Quadrangle tent)

free time - tour campus and Boston, visit museums and libraries

   1:30 pm - Radcliffe Class of 1969 gathering (Radcliffe Quad - Hilles Penthouse)
   1:30 pm - Crimson Key tours of the Harvard campus (Widener Library steps)
   3:00 and 4:00 pm - tours of Schlesinger Library (sign-up at Reunion Headquarters)
   3:30-5:00 pm - open house at the home of Jim Bailey '69 and RoAnn Costin '74 (directions at Reunion Headquarters)
   3:30-5:30 pm - reception for GLBT classmates and friends at the homes of James Hallowell and Warren Goldfarb (directions at Reunion Headquarters)
   3:30-5:30 pm - Charles River cruise - board at Newell Boat House

6:00 pm - dinner (Science Center tent)

8:00 pm - documentary film "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" (Science Center Hall B)

10:00 pm - informal conversation, desserts, and nightcaps (cash bar) (Science Center tent)

Saturday, May 30

8:00 am - continental breakfast - Memorial Hall Transept

9:00 am - class meeting and talks by Nobel laureates Martin Chalfie '69 and Al Gore '69 (Sanders Theatre)

11:00 am - class photo (Harvard Yard - Widener Library steps)

11:45 am - lunch (Lamont-Houghton Quadrangle tent)

1:00-2:30 pm - concurrent symposia (choose one)

   III The Write Stuff: Professional Writers Talk About Their Craft  (Boylston Hall - Fong Auditorium)

Craig Lambert '69, Terrence McNally '69, Sarah Smith '69, and Jonathan Hubbard '69 (moderator)

   IV The Wired World: Its Role In Health and Relationships Across The Life Span  (CGIS South S010 - Tsai Auditorium)

Ronald Kwon '69, Bobby Scott '69, Sherry Turkle '69, and Eleanor Hobbs '69 (moderator)

   V Miracles Happen In The 2nd Half: Life Transitions After 60 - From Success To Service  (Harvard Hall 104)

Christopher Gallagher '69 and Anthony Smith '69 (moderator)

   VI Climate Change and Energy Solutions  (Harvard Hall 201)

Linda Lurie Gaines '69, Donald Gilligan '69, Alice Pell '69, and Robert Huffman '69 (moderator)

free time - tour campus, visit museums and libraries

   3:00 pm - Lowell House bell tower tour and Russian bells concert
   3:00 pm - tour of Schlesinger Library (sign-up at Reunion Headquarters)
   3:00-5:00 pm - gathering of alumni Crimeds at The Crimson
   4:00-9:00 pm - creative works slide show and publications exhibit  (Radcliffe Yard - Radcliffe Gym)

5:00 pm - survey report (Radcliffe Yard - Radcliffe Gym)

6:00 pm - dinner (Radcliffe Yard tent)

10:00 pm - informal conversation, snacks, and nightcaps (cash bar) (Barker Center)

Sunday, May 31

8:00-11:00 am - farewell brunch (Quincy House Dining Hall)

11:30 am - dorm rooms must be vacated by this time

12:00 noon - Reunion Headquarters closes