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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Hospitality Suite
Hang out at our hospitality suite at the Grand Hotel! Warm up the weekend on Thursday starting at 7:00 p.m. WE'll also have after-event hours on Friday and Saturday starting at 9:00 p.m. Ask for the suite number at the front desk.
Look Who's Coming!
Want to know who's coming to Alumni Weekend from your class? Check the list below (updated 9/8/14):
Carol (Kitchen) Adams
Barbara (Morse) Bentley
Lynda (Lee) Bush
Rosemary (Myers) Carlsen
Lee Ann (Marchi) Childs
Julie (Bauserman) Cooper
Rosalie (Johnston) Czapszys
Joyce (Larson) Frame
Mary (Whitford) Graves
CJ (Knudsen) Inman
Judy (Francis) Juve
Priscilla (Tower) Kelly
Jacquie (Graber) Litchfield
Suzy (Shane) Myrene
Joan (Robinson) Rhodes
Barbara (Woodworth) Saigo
Ann (Finlayson) Sandstrom
Roshani (O'Donnell) Shay
Lorraine Corky (Demler) Sheffield
Catherine (Campbell) Tindle
Also, see who else is coming to Alumni Weekend by clicking here.
Class of '64 Memory BookAs part of our reunion, the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations compiles a book of biographies for everyone in the class - that you'll receive at Alumni Weekend. Lynda Bush has volunteered to provide leadership in gathering and assembling information for the book.
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 Chiemail@example.com|
|Lynda (Lee) Bush||Independentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mary Ann (Ragland) Colburn||Chi Omegaemail@example.com|
|Bob De Pew||Independentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mike Durrell||Beta Theta Piemail@example.com|
|Gary Gilbertson||Delta Tau Deltafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|CJ (Knudsen) Inman||Alpha Chi Omegaemail@example.com|
|Nancy Jones||Delta Gammafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Don Lorenzen**||Sigma Alpha Epsilonemail@example.com|
|Greg Nelson||Kappa Sigmafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barbara (Woodworth) Saigo**||Delta Gammaemail@example.com|
Reunion Gift Sub-committee:
|Heather Birnie||Pi Beta Phifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jim Booth||Sigma Chiemail@example.com|
|Patti (Hull) Cavender||Delta Gammafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Bob De Pew||Independentemail@example.com|
|Fred Fogg||Phi Delta Thetafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Al Frost||Beta Theta Piemail@example.com|
|Gary Gilbertson||Delta Tau Deltafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ron Gustafson*||Sigma Alpha Epsilonemail@example.com|
|Greg Nelson||Kappa Sigmafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Barbara (Woodworth) Saigo||Delta Gammaemail@example.com|
|Corky (Delmer) Sheffield*||Alpha Chi Omegafirstname.lastname@example.org|
*Co-Chairs, Gift Sub-Committee
**Co-Chairs, Reunion Committee
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Where to Stay
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.