Reunions

by Rachel Hall '95, photos by Fred Wolson

The last Reed reunion of the twentieth century brought together Reedies and Reedites, faculty and families, from as close as Reed College Place and as far away as Munich. Special activities abounded to entertain children and other family members while reunion attendees participated in class events designed to reconnect them with the school and with each other.



Alumni College stimulated participants' love of learning with this year's topic, Heavenly Spheres and Revolutions: How Copernicus Transformed the Order of the World, presented by mathematics professor Thomas Wieting, philosophy and humanities professor C.D.C. Reeve, and assistant professor of religion and humanities Michael Foat '86.

Individual class dinners on Friday evening provided a perfect opportunity for returnees to match names to familiar faces and learn what the rest of their class had been up to for the past 10 x n years. Kids had a great time parti-cipating Saturday in swimming pool games, outdoor biology laboratories for two age groups, and a scavenger hunt. The third annual reunion parade was a huge hit with alumni and children, with plenty of noisemakers for all, and the barbecue afterwards was casual and thoroughly enjoyable. Later that evening Laura and the Vipers (in their second encore reunion appearance since graduating in and around 1968) brought the dance groove to the student union with their rendition of '60s rock 'n' roll classics.

But this year's celebration, as in previous years, was highlighted by conversations between former classmates that took place all over campus. Reed alumni gathered in small and large groups on the front lawn, in classrooms, and in the commons throughout the weekend and talked about hum conferences, thesis orals, babies, careers, and retirement (the ultimate summer vacation). The warmth and joy of rekindling and reconnecting was palpable and ubiquitous. Even the sun was moved by the merriment and memorableness of Reunions '99-it stayed out all day and every day!



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