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Celebrating Landmark Reunions

Class of 1962, Class of 1987

from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue

The tri-chairs of the Class of 1962 reunion committee (l. to r.), Rupert Johnson, Michael Monier and Jack Vardaman, with President Ruscio.To celebrate their 50th and 25th reunions last May, the Classes of 1962 and 1987 made special gifts to the University in support of the Colonnade renovation.

The Class of 1962's reunion gift was $8,536,170, with $2.6 million of that total designated for the Colonnade. The gift will be recognized by the naming of the president's office in Washington Hall in honor of the class.

The Class of 1987, which had established a goal of $1.4 million for its 25th reunion gift, surpassed it with $1,572,687. In addition to the Colonnade, those monies are going to the Annual Fund and scholarships.

Brandt Surgner (left) and John Church (center) did the honors for the Class of 1987’s presentation to President Ruscio.In accepting the reunion gifts, President Ken Ruscio '76 noted that the tangible support means a great deal, but that the intangibles are equally important. "This place matters to so many people," he said. "The Colonnade is not just a building but is a reflection of a fundamental ethical principle we have here. We have this intergenerational contract that has meant so much to the University over the years--that is, we benefit so much from the sacrifice of those who came before us, and we must sacrifice equally for those yet to come."