Fifteen years after walking out FitzRandolph Gate, more than five hundred classmates gathered at Ol’ Nassau to relive old memories and create new ones in a three-day bacchanal that was, in everyone’s estimation… totally tubular and badical to the max.
Thanks to an inspiring theme of Fifteen Candles and the hard work of co-chairs Emily Walling and Deidre Kolarick, 1999ers brought back the 1980’s as campus was flooded with off the shoulder t-shirts, skinny ties, Members Only jackets, and a fleet of strollers.
Spotted on the steps of Blair Arch after our class photo was Nina Kohn, who came to town from the University of Maine where she’s spending the year as a visiting law professor. She arrived by herself, looking forward to the rare child-free night sleep, only to remember there is nothing quiet about on-campus housing during Reunions.
Andrew Brown made it to campus in time for the P-Rade, catching up with former Cuyler Hall roommate Brian Rokus along the P-rade route (pictured). Andrew and wife Katherine live in Washington, D.C. where Andrew works in marketing for the pharmaceutical Medimmune. Brian, sporting a wonderfully awful hat made entirely of Vietnamese Tiger Beer cans, is still going strong at CNN where he’s currently working as a producer for Gloria Borger.
Mike Hehir and wife Denise Aronzon were in town for the first time since our 5th. Eighteen-month-old daughter Caroline spent much of the weekend perched on dad’s shoulders, while older sister Sophie, 5, reveled in the class bounce house. Mike and Denise are both doctors in Vermont.
Brian Spaly jetted in from the Midwest where he runs the men’s outfitter Trunk Club. Splitting time between Chicago and Dallas, Brian offered up "Seat 6E" as the place he most accurately calls home.
Lissa (Irons) Seem and husband Steve Seem ’01 oversaw the construction of our class float, using Saturday’s P-rade to recreate the classic "Twist and Shout" scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Julia Taylor‘s husband Mike Cheney played the lead, while Ashley (Doran) Northup danced at his side the entire route. Pictured with the float and assorted kids are: Back row: Julie Green Baumeister, Nora (Meltzer) Abularach, Lucie Kantrow, Karin (Holmberg) Werner, Lissa Irons Seem, and Meaghan (Hannan) Davant. Front row: Kelly (Barkin) Sventy, Julia Taylor, Ashley (Doran) Northup, Allison (Pestronk) Levey, and Allison (Stein) Lasner. Thanks to Allison for the photo.
No doubt many of you have your own Reunions stories and pictures to share. Don’t keep them to yourself. Send them along to me or incoming secretary extraordinaire Lindsay Fossett, and we’ll include them in upcoming issues!