VOLUME 22 #3

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Reunion group

Celebrating 55 years of friendship

Earlier this year, Laurie Bliss Krebs, EH59, wrote this account of a group of UD classmates who have found a way to keep in touch for more than half a century.

“Closeness isn’t always measured in distance; friends can live many miles away, but the bond of love formed long ago always keeps them close at heart.”

—Nishan Panwar

ALUMNI | In June of 1959, a group of 20 or so Delaware women resolved to keep in touch after graduation. They knew marriage, jobs and children would make getting together difficult, so they began a Round Robin letter that traveled wherever the women lived. There were no emails, IPhones or social media to hasten the letter’s 12-month journey, but the connections remained strong and gradually lengthened into lifelong friendships.

As women of the ’50s, their options were mostly limited to traditional roles. The largest number graduated with education and home economics degrees, (now the College of Education and Human Development) while Arts and Sciences majors came next. Just a few graduated in other disciplines.

Years passed and women’s roles changed. The group branched out into a wide variety of leadership positions. Many earned advanced degrees. They joined the work force as public school teachers and college professors; curriculum developers and published authors; business owners and community leaders; real estate agents and nonprofit administrators. They won awards for their contributions and excellence in their fields. And during this time, their friendships continued to flourish. For the members’ 50th birthdays, they celebrated with a grand reunion in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The group now numbered more than 25 as other UD women joined the sisterhood. Most of their children had grown and moved away so the women now decided more regular reunions were possible. Ensuing years brought them together in New York City; Connecticut; Vermont; Williamsburg, Virginia; Bethany Beach; and Cape May, New Jersey.

This year, 55 years after graduation, 18 of the women gathered at the Inn at Wilmington. They traveled from Texas, Colorado, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, Vermont, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and, of course, Delaware. It was a time to share memories and photographs, conversation and laughter, but especially, it was a time to remember with gratitude the lifelong friendships that proved “closeness isn’t always measured in distance.”

Those attending the reunion, all Class of 1959, were:

  • Biasotto, Ginger Lanier
  • Carr, Rosemarie LaPera
  • Dick, Louise Lattomus
  • Fahey, Charlotte Kunz
  • Gregg, Jan Hedreen
  • Handley, Jane Persons
  • Hoffman, Connie Alexander
  • Knight, Ginny Paul
  • Krebs, Laurie Bliss
  • Levine, Vaughan Gordy
  • Mavrotis, Gail Veasey
  • Meucci, Gail Kauffman
  • Murray, Joan Owens
  • Niebart, Marilyn Cook
  • Priestley, Karen Reath
  • Scott, Mary Lou Drewes
  • Smith, Jane Lotter
  • Taitt, Nancy Paul
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