The Class of 1951’s 65th Reunion gift is over $9.5 million. The Development Office has now totaled all the gifts and pledges and the exact amount is $9,576,800 for all gifts and pledges made after our 60th Reunion through our 65th Reunion.
A truly amazing number is not bad for the guinea pigs. Consider:
Our reunion gift is the biggest 65th reunion gift Amherst has ever received.
It’s number 7 on the reunion gift tally for any Amherst class reunion gift. The top 6 were all 25th and 50th Reunion gifts from classes much larger than ours.
It’s more than a $1 million greater than our 50th and 60th reunion gifts combined.
Although there are only about 100 living members of our class, we had more than 120 donors to the Reunion gift.
Many, many classmates and their widows and families are responsible for this result. The leading gift was from our late classmate, Ben Kightlinger, who left $7.3 million to Amherst’s endowment for its general purposes. More than 120 other donors contributed or pledged the remaining $2+ million.
Special thanks go to all the donors listed on the reverse side of this letter. You have done great honor and service to our well-loved Mother. Because of your generosity, Amherst will remain at the very top of America’s liberal arts colleges.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
1951 Class Reunion Gift Chair John E. Kirkpatrick '51
JOHN MCGRATH '51 was not on campus but still on top of his reunion game. Moose hosted Reece Foy '18 in Honolulu as captured for you in this photo. Reece just happens to be the star quarterback of the undefeated Amherst football team. Foy was a star student athlete at Iolani High as was our classmate and football great Bob Minn '51.
Our 65th Reunion is over, and the attendees are still relaxing (recovering?). A good time was had by all. The college provided housing, breakfast and liquid refreshments in the new (2005) James, which is a much more comfortable venue than the 1951 James. The college also arranged for excellent dinners in Valentine on Friday and Saturday nights. Hobie Cleminshaw arranged a fine Dutch treat dinner at Alina's for those who were in Amherst on Thursday.
According to my (unofficial) count, 51 classmates and guests attended. When we started planning, we were told to expect no more than 35, and our own planning projected a maximum of 50. The large attendance shows the spirit of the Guinea Pig Class! Attending the reunion were:
Tom and Joy Bushman
Charlie and Kay Chapin
Hobie and Cynthia Cleminshaw
Dave and Stella Fulton
Ralph and Betsy Gildehaus with son Charles
Bob Groff, Lisa Frankenfield and Bob Mosebach
Ed and Mary Haynes
Gary and Joan Holman
Skip and Norma Hunziker
John and Nancy Kendall
John and Phyllis Kirkpatrick
Phil and Eileen Knowles
Bob and Nancy Knowles
Bill Krusell and Debra Barnes
Chuck and Polly Longsworth
Fred and Judy Luddy
Lee and Clare Shaw
Don and Anna Sibley
Dick Snodgrass and Nancy DuPree
Van and Lu Tingley
Hank and Jo Williams.
At the Saturday dinner we elected the following officers to serve for the next five years:
President - Tom Bushman
Chairman - Hobie Cleminshaw
Vice President - Phil Knowles
Secretary - Ev Clark
Choregus - Hank Williams and Fred Luddy
Reunion Chair* - Fred Luddy
Fred is prepared to oversee the planning for our 70th and given the spirit of the attendees (and the good health of most) class of 1951 may break precedent and return again in 2021. The success of the reunion was due to the efforts of numbers of people. Phil Knowles and Hobie Cleminshaw did a great (and successful) job urging classmates to attend. Fred and Judy Luddy showed dedication and artistic skill in decorating James with emblems of the class of 1951. Choregus Hank Williams was as usual inspiring in leading us in many choruses of "Lord Jeffery Amherst." Andy Hacker provided support in spirit, although he couldn't attend. John Kirkpatrick was 1951's representative on a panel on Changing College Traditions over the years. Dick Sexton and I participated in another panel on the New Curriculum for which our classmates responses to Dick's survey made valuable contributions. Lu Tingley provided vests (purple, naturally) for all attendees. Substituting for Wally Anderson, who was not able to attend reunion, Hobie Cleminshaw led a memorial gathering in which several classmates spoke of those no longer with us.
Personally, serving as Reunion Chair has been a great treat for me. I had the fun of working with a great group of classmates while the College did all the grunt work in arranging housing, breakfast, liquid refreshments and two great dinners. For all those arrangements, and for guiding me by the hand in planning the Reunion, I give thanks to Sandy Riley, our out-and-out terrific liaison with the College.
And with that I pass the Reunion Chair baton to Fred Luddy. I hope to see many of you at our 70th in 2021.
65th Reunion Chair, now retired
The Thomas H. Wyman 1951 Medal, established in 2003 by his classmates, is awarded to that member of the senior class who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics, and/or extracurricular activities, community service, integrity, character and humanism. This honor for 2016 goes to
Mercedes Morgan MacAlpine.'16
Senior Assembly took place on May 6, 2016, in Johnson Chapel, and featured the awarding of prizes and honorary class memberships; a speech by Javier Corrales, the Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor of Political Science; and talks by Danny Curtis ’16 and Mercedes MacAlpine ’16.
On the college web site, you can listen to her talk above or read the transcript of her talk at the socalled "mascot uprising" as follows:
Mercedes MacAlpine, an Amherst Uprising organizer, said the goal was to educate students and provide administrative support for students who felt threatened or harassed by the posters. MacAlpine would not weigh in on whether she thought the posters were speech protected by the school's code of student conduct, but argued that requiring racial sensitivity training would not conflict with students' First Amendment rights.
The sit-in was sparked by the shared experiences of students who felt discriminated against on campus, MacAlpine said, as well as recent incidents on campus, like the papering-over of "Black Lives Matter" posters with anti-abortion messaging that said "All Lives Matter."
"What we're saying is that words can be a form of violence, too," MacAlpine said. "We in no way believe that freedom of speech should be taken away, but we do believe that students should be made to recognize in a very concrete and administration-supported way the effects that their words have on others."
MacAlpine also said that the group was willing to work with Martin on changing the school's mascot and understood that the timeline could stretch until January. The group plans to protest the Lord Jeff at the football game against Williams College.
"The turning point and why it got so large is that multiple students of all sorts of background recognized a feeling of feeling marginalized, or feeling invisible or feeling isolated in some important way," MacAlpine said. "It really took off from just being to come together and talk about those experiences."
2016 Amherst 1951 Gift Pledge
Dear Classmates & Friends of the Class of 1951:
Amherst has been much in the news lately. Not all of which was very favorable. But on the plus side, the protest has been peaceful, the dialogue has been civil but vigorous, and best of all the administration has not caved into the protestors’ outrageous demands. Amherst alumni are free to sing “Lord Jeffery Amherst was a soldier of the King….” to their hearts’ content.
We firmly believe that Amherst is still our “well-loved Mother”. So we urgently request that you consider a very healthy pledge to honor our 65th reunion and our many departed classmates. We don’t anticipate that the 100 of us left will come very close to our class totals for our 50th reunion ($5.1 million) or even our 60th reunion ($3.5 million). But maybe we can still reach several million dollars. So let’s try!
Amounts pledged before June 30, 2016 for payment over the next 5 years will count towards our total reunion gift. Click here to view and print the pledge form which we believe is self-explanatory. Should you have any questions or wish to make a deferred gift, gift annuity or gift to another fund, please call Ellie Ballard ’95 (413-542-8357) or Sara Kibbey (413-542-5340) at Amherst or any of us.
It would be great if each of you pledged at least $1,821 to the Annual Fund for each of the next five years ($1,821 x 5 = $9,105). We would have a real healthy contingent of members in the 1821 Society.
Of course, any payments made before this year end are tax deductible on your 2015 return. Gifts can be made by credit card online or by phone at 413-542-5900 or by mail to Amherst College, Annual Fund, PO Box 5000, Amherst, MA 01002-5000.
Have a great holiday season. Thanks.
KIRK CHUCK BOB PHIL JOE
Robert C. Knowles, 410-745-5844, email@example.com
Philip Knowles, 413-637-3515, Phildk2@verizon.net
Robert D. Stecker, Jr., 713-306-4460, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reunion Gift Chairs
John E. Kirkpatrick, 954-781-5196, Jek51@att.net
Charles R. Longsworth, 508-255-3048, C_longs@msn.com
George Carpenter, Everett Clark, John Frautschi, Charles Frey, Robert Groff, Gary Holman, Walter Hunziker, Richard Sexton, Richard Snodgrass, Allan Tull, John Walker