1968–Fall ’18 Class Letter


Bob Martin

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Dear Classmates:


Do you remember the opening words of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends theme, which came out one month before we graduated in 1968?


Time it was, and what a time it was,

A time of innocence, a time of confidences

Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph

Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you


We celebrated our memories for four days in June, reflected on our innocence, and took tons of pictures to commemorate the occasion, concluding with 41 classmates as well as guests and retired faculty singing the alma mater at our closing dinner on June 24. We remembered then and celebrated now.




Distinguished Alumni. Ours would be GUY HENSHAW ’68, recognized for his many contributions to the college and for his professional achievements. Congratulations, Guy, and also thanks for the shortest acceptance speech of the night. “A two-minute thank-you after an hour and 20 minutes seemed right,” said Guy.


Class gift. We finished third among all the reunion classes in our gift of $253, 532, of which $53,352 has been dedicated to a special Class of 1968 Scholarship fund. PAM PRICE SMITH ’68, JIM CLARK ’68, and Guy were responsible for leading the effort. Only the Classes of 1983 ($1.23 million) and 1973 ($496,870) raised more in their gifts this year. In the five years since our last reunion, our class has raised $1.37 million for the college.


The Quiz. Just a wonderful potpourri of our four years, thanks to JUDY WILKINSON NEILL ’68 and BONNIE BINKOFF RILEY ’68. My favorites were to match faculty names with their subject; guessing the number of entering freshmen in 1964 (330) and graduating seniors in 1968 (191), and the annual cost of room, board and tuition in 1964 ($2,350)


The Women’s Handbook. Read by VICKY PORTH TOBIAS ’68 in her walk down memory lane. A sample: “Thursday nights and Saturday are dress-up dinners in the dining hall. A tie and coat or a dress and hose add that extra special touch to a splendid meal. Plan to look just the way Mom wants you to look when you take her to church on Sunday. And don’t sit only with the guys or gals. Mix it up a little. Tag some guy or gal you may have your eye on and make it a little dinner party.