WU Alumni Weekend
September 12-14, 2014

Class of 1964


Golden Anniversary Reunion

The date is set for our 50th reunion! 

Event planning for Alumni Weekend is still underway, but you can expect a full weekend of fun activities - including the Bearcats' homecoming football game and a class reunion dinner - that will offer you the rare opportunity to reconnect, celebrate and remember your college experience. Don't miss Alumni Weekend this year!

The Class of 1964 Reunion Committee is designing a full set of experiences, beginning with something on Thursday evening for early arrivers. Registration begins Friday morning, at which time those attending will receive their WU 50th year medallion, a Memory Book, and a recording featuring our Freshman Glee performances. There will be special class-only events, as well as open events planned by the Alumni Weekend Task Force. Our reunion class will culminate with the Saturday night banquet in the Cat Cavern at 6:00 p.m. (cost is $50), at which we will present our class gift to President Thorsett and have a class photograph taken.

We've reserved blocks of rooms at the Mill Creek Inn Best Western and the Grand Hotel that are available to book now through Aug. 1 and Aug. 21, respectively. However, you'll want to act fast, because rooms are going quickly. To secure a room at Mill Creek Inn for the weekend, use the group name "Willamette University Alumni." To book a room at the Grand Hotel, use the group name "Reunion Weekend 2014." Some events and a Class of 1964 hospitality room are planned for the Grand Hotel. For more travel, parking and hotel information, check out the useful links on the right side of this page.

Have questions or want to help? Contact the Alumni Office at alumni@willamette.edu, or contact committee members directly.

Still undecided? Keep in mind that this may be the last time we have a special reunion for the Class of 1964. It will be a wonderful opportunity to share where our lives have gone since those days when we were young together.

The 1960s were tumultuous in several ways, and we lived it. Some of us were engaged in civil rights, environmental, and nuclear disarmament issues. We had Camelot, the Peace Corps, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the space race, and the Berlin Wall. Our country was rocked by the JFK assassination and the expanding Vietnam War. We were even restless to make some changes at WU that eventually came to pass.

Then there was the music...everything from The Highwaymen to The Beach Boys, Moon River to The Twist, Elvis to The Beatles, Ray Charles to Ray Conniff, Dave Brubeck to Floyd Kramer. Remember serenades?

We do have things to remember, reflect on, and talk about. We hope to see YOU there!

Class of '64 Memory Book

As part of our reunion, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations helped us compiled a book of biographies for nearly everyone in the class. Class members should have received a hardcopy at Alumni Weekend 2014. Click here for the online version.

Looking back

The Willamette Archive, part of the Hatfield Library, unveiled a new website last year containing recorded Glee songs from many years across the last century. 


See the rest of the Glee collection. You can navigate between videos, photos, programs and more by using the headings at the top of the table.

While you are on campus, you may want to see what else is in the Archives, including copies of The Willamette Collegian and The Wallulah.

Class of 1964 Faculty Resource Fund

Our Class Gift Committee began its deliberating in 2006. At our 45th reunion, the committee presented a proposal for an endowed Faculty Resource Fund that was endorsed by classmates who were in attendance. This fund was recognized as a way to pay tribute to that very special group of faculty and staff members who questioned, coached, counseled, and inspired us, deeply affecting the future of our lives. We intend that this fund will help generations of Willamette faculty and staff members, a way to "pay it forward" as thanks to the people at WU who helped us the most.

As promised in our October 2013 letter, here is the rationale and a brief summary of our endowed fund:

Outstanding faculty members who are mature in their fields and are wonderful teachers inspire students in their development.

Scholarly and creative activities by faculty and staff members enhance their professional growth and their ability to inspire, engage, and advise students and seek outside funding for projects.

Professional visibility brings attention and credit not only to the faculty and staff members, but also to WU, helping to attract additional talented faculty and students.

Often there are out-of-pocket expenses associated with scholarly and creative activities. There are numerous ways to support students' financial needs, but there are few ways to support faculty members for their ongoing professional development.

Our Faculty Resource Fund will provide timely, flexible grants to faculty members across the disciplines ot assist them with scholarly and creative professional activities. These modest grants are intended to support diverse activities for as many persons as possible, rather than as larger grants to only a few individuals.

Some examples of fund uses would be: To pay for consumable supplies, travel, student help, data expenses, and other costs necessary to conduct and publish research or develop and exhibit/perform/publish a work of art, music, or literature; registration fees and travel expenses to make presentations at professional meetings.

The intent is to help support a broad base of expenses associated with all kinds of scholarly and creative activity that a faculty member might otherwise have to pay for personally.

The Faculty Resource Fund is conceptualized as a permanent, endowed fund that will be open to, and promoted for ongoing contributions from all alumni and friends of the university, not just our class members.

Donate to the Class of 1964 Faculty Resource Fund by following these simple steps:

1.)    Visit the Online Giving Form.

2.)    Select “Make a Donation.”

3.)    For Designation, select “Other.”

4.)    For In honor or memory of someone, select “Not in honor or memory of someone.”

5.)    Enter your donation amount, and click “Continue.”

6.)    Enter “Class of 1964 Fund” in Other Designation field, and click “Continue.” 

7.)    Complete transaction.

Class of 1964 Reunion Committee 45th and 50th Reunions

Jim Booth** Sigma Chi jbooth@willamette.edu
Lynda (Lee) Bush Independent nwnana1120@yahoo.com
Mary Ann (Ragland) Colburn Chi Omega macolburn@verizon.com
Bob De Pew Independent depexx@aol.com
Mike Durrell Beta Theta Pi mikedurrell@yahoo.com
Gary Gilbertson Delta Tau Delta gary.gilbertson@comcast.com
CJ (Knudsen) Inman Alpha Chi Omega inmanbradandcj@aol.com
Nancy Jones Delta Gamma rljones0884@gmail.com
Don Lorenzen** Sigma Alpha Epsilon donlorenzen@comcast.net
Greg Nelson Kappa Sigma gnelson942@aol.com
Barbara (Woodworth) Saigo** Delta Gamma bsaigo@aol.com

Reunion Gift Sub-committee:

Heather Birnie Pi Beta Phi hbirnie@gmail.com
Jim Booth Sigma Chi jbooth@willamette.edu
Patti (Hull) Cavender Delta Gamma patticavender@hotmail.com
Bob De Pew Independent depexx@aol.com
Fred Fogg Phi Delta Theta fgfogg@comcast.net
Al Frost Beta Theta Pi allanfrost@gmail.com
Gary Gilbertson Delta Tau Delta gary.gilbertson@comcast.net
Ron Gustafson* Sigma Alpha Epsilon ronsongus@comcast.net
Greg Nelson Kappa Sigma gnelson942@aol.com
Barbara (Woodworth) Saigo Delta Gamma bsaigo@aol.com
Corky (Delmer) Sheffield* Alpha Chi Omega ltshef8@yahoo.com

*Co-Chairs, Gift Sub-Committee
**Co-Chairs, Reunion Committee


Looking for a classmate? Sign in to The Compass and use the directory to reconnect with your peers.

Where to Stay

Grand Hotel
Book through Aug. 21, depending on availability
Group code: "Reunion Weekend 2014"

Mill Creek Inn Best Western
Book through Aug. 1, depending on availability
Group code: "Willamette University Alumni"

More places to stay. Ask each hotel about discounts for Alumni Weekend visitors.

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