Alumni Newssummer2007

Reunions 2007

Been There, Wrote That


Joe Bunnett '42 and Jeanne Halsey Steed '47


Soon after its appearance, an attempt was made by alumni to steal the Doyle Owl. The attempt failed. Owl chaperones are (from left): Greg Ackerman '09, Eric Brattain-Morrin '08, Adams Carroll '09, and Andrew Ritchie '08.

Reunions 2007—dubbed Reed & Write—focused on writing at Reed. It was the college’s largest reunions gathering ever, with more than 900 alumni and assorted hangers-on registered.

The week began with Alumni College writing workshops and guest readings in fiction, poetry, memoir, and playwriting. Featured faculty included Vern Rutsala ’56, Tamim Ansary ’70, John Daniel ’70, Janet Fitch ’78, Anne Washburn ’91, Gordon Dahlquist ’83, and Debra Ginsberg ’85. Playwright Lee Blessing ’71 gave the convocation speech, “Who Are We Writing For? Life and Art in an Ungrammatical Age.” An extensive creative writing exhibition was mounted in Vollum lounge, which was also the site of a moving tribute to the late Reed English professor and poet Kenneth O. Hanson.

The formal kick-off of Reunions weekend was provided by Reedie winemakers including David Autrey ’89 of Westrey Wine Company, Peter Gladhart ’62 of Winter’s Hill Vineyard, Susan Sokol-Blosser MAT ’67 of Sokol Blosser Winery, and Mike Bascom ’83 of John’s Marketplace, who poured some of his favorite Oregon wines to round out the offerings.

At a formal luncheon on Saturday, Joseph F. Bunnett ’42 was honored with the Foster-Scholz Club’s Distinguished Service Award. The Babson Society Award was given to John Sheehy ’82. Former sports center director Ann Casey was made an honorary alumna.

Go to the Reunions website for more photos of the gloriously sunny Reunions weekend.