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Empire of the Griffin

Connecting Reed Alumni Across the Globe

Wassailing Away

Reed’s annual holiday party drew a record number of alumni and guests—an impressive 253—to Kaul Auditorium to drink, feast, sing, and dance the night away. The hallowed traditions were duly observed: the echoes of the bagpipe, the candlelit procession of the boar’s head, the merry yuletide song, led by Virginia Oglesby Hancock ’62. After dinner, alumni thronged to the stage to pose amid fanciful holiday props such as life-sized gingerbread structures and giant candy canes. For more photos, see

Defining Reed

How do you define Reed? How did it define you? Alumni gathered to discuss these questions at the centennial-launch events we held around the country last spring. But it’s not too late to join the conversation! Check out some highlights—and add your own comments—at

Chapter spotlight: London

Giving Thanks In Old Blighty

by Mina Miller ’04

The cold and damp English weather having led to a string of wistful emails about pumpkin ale and turkey, the London/Europe chapter held an alumni Thanksgiving in historic Greenwich. In true expatriate fashion, the dinner was not on actual Thanksgiving day (rather it was Saturday, November 28), and it featured more quirky menu items such as doughnuts alongside the standard turkey with all the trimmings. A last-minute plea for yams led to a glut of sweet-potato dishes and the bottles of wine outnumbered the participants; there were 18 of us in attendance, including Jeff Frank ’72 and partner Yann, Steve Brocchini ’84 and daughter, Patrick Hurley ’85 and wife Lauren, Kurt Myers ’86, wife Angie, and children, Adam Warner ’96, and Alexis Pott ’00. In addition, we were joined by several exchange students who missed Reed—Nick Castell ’12, Thomas Gore ’12, William Greaves ’12, Alex Jenkins ’12, and Alex Moran ’12! After a turbo clean-up session, everyone moved to the neighborhood pub of our generous hosts (Angie and Kurt) and drank ale while overlooking the Thames.

Alumni Holiday Party

Left: David Olson ’75 and Doug Holmgren ‘77 lead candlelit procession at the alumni holiday party.
Right: Gingerbread fun for Jen Sedell, Robin Parker, Chris Chen ’01, Claire Dennerlein Manson ’03, Mike Weinberg ’01, Gordon Feighner ’02, Erin Cooley ’01, Will Cooley ’02, Katie Prevost ’01, Angelina Clarke ’04, and Paul Manson ’01.

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