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Reunion Recap

Recap of our class Reunion activities!

1961 Wellesley Rah!

Dear Classmates,

Thank you for your enthusiastic participation in our virtual reunion. It was wonderful seeing and talking with so many of you. Recordings of each of our Reunion Weekend Programs and our Wellesley Wednesday programs, are now available to you thanks to S & K Tech. Please note that the recordings include the questions and comments offered by classmates in each program’s “Chat” feature, as well as some of the conversations in breakout rooms. We want you to know how grateful we are that you made the effort to join us at our virtual 60th Reunion. Your participation and enthusiasm were the key to its success!

Access our Reunion Weekend recordings and content here

You may also access the numerous projects classmates worked hard to put together for your enjoyment please check out these PDF’s below.

Creative Classmates- A virtual display of the creative talents of classmates, from stimulating books to stunning photographs, compiled by Debby Starr Shannon (Technical Support, Don Shannon), Click Here

Wellesley Memories- A narrative based on 30 of our classmates’ recollections of their Wellesley years, Click Here

Memorial Service Program, (Sunday, June 6, 2021), Co-Chairs: Willinda McClung McCrea, Charlotte Ripley Sorenson, Click Here

Class of 1961 Playlist- All music selections compiled by Janet Malm Lindgren and Peggy Hilsinger MacGregor: 

  • Popular Songs from the late 50’s and early 60’s, Click Here to listen on Spotify

For the Minstrel’s Tale and A cappella Click Here

For Stepsinging and the Alma Mater Click Here

For the Names of Classmates who contributed significant time working on our reunion Click Here

Your 1961 Reunion Co-Chairs:

Elaine Soloway Dratch:; 781-861-1443

Cynthia Kersten Doran:; 503-228-2281

Judy Stone Thoft:; 206-538-0454


Friday, June 4

11:00 am-12:30 pm EDT - Panel: “Octogenarians’ Perspectives on the World”
Moderator: Judy Goslin Hall; Panelists: Enriquetta Carter; Helen Laird Robertson; Judith Richards Hope

In the 60 years since we graduated from Wellesley much has changed. This
program will provide perspectives in three areas: science, politics and design.
Presented by three of our accomplished classmates, we anticipate lots of

2:30-4:00 pm EDT - *Speaker Kristina Niovi Jones, PhD, Director, Wellesley College Botanic Gardens; Advisory Faculty, Environmental Studies: “From Victory Gardens to Climate Change: Wellesley’s Century of Collecting Plants to Big Issues of the Day"
Nearly 100 years ago, Wellesley College designated 22 acres of its core landscape for use by the Botany Department to be developed as a “center that shall be of interest to all”. This talk will examine how this “center”, now the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and the Global Flora Conservatory has, over the years, connected to big issues of the times and continues to develop as a distinctive element of Wellesley’s residential liberal arts experience.

Class Social: Creativity and Conversation: Classmates’ Interests and Catching Up 4:30-6:00 pm EDT

WCAA Shared Identity Group (SIG) Open Houses - throughout Friday evening
SIG events are open to all Wellesley alumnae.

  • Wellesley Alum Pride Alliance (WAPA) - 6:00 pm EDT
  • Wellesley Muslim Alums (WMA) - 7:00 pm EDT
  • Wellesley Asian Alumnae Alliance (W3A) - 8:00 pm EDT

Saturday, June 5

11:00 am EDT - 141st Annual Meeting of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association -  This event is open to all Wellesley alumnae. Annual Alumnae Meeting, including address from College President, Paula Johnson

1:45-3:00 pm EDT - *1961 Class Meeting: President Paula Johnson will greet the class, then Class Presidents Martha Mel Stumberg Edmunds and JoAnne Pierson Albright will lead the meeting

4:00-5:30 pm EDT - Nan Overholser Keohane, PhD, Wellesley ‘61
President of Wellesley College 1981-1993, President of Duke University, 1993 -2004; “Higher Education in America: The Way Forward”
Moderator: Nancy Palm Felton-Elkins

Sunday, June 6

1:00-2:00 pm EDT - *Class Memorial Service: Willinda McClung McCrea; Charlotte Ripley Sorenson

2:00-3:00 pm EDT - *Class Social: Breakout Rooms (closing thoughts about our Zoom Reunion, old friends, and new acquaintances) Music Curators/Hosts: Janet Malm Lindgren; Peggy Hilsinger MacGregor

WCAA Shared Identity Group (SIG) Open Houses - throughout Sunday afternoon
SIG events are open to all Wellesley alumnae.

  • Wellesley Jewish Alumnae (WJA) - 1:00 pm EDT
  • Wellesley Alumnae of African Descent (WAAD) - 2:00 pm EDT
  • Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN) - 3:00 pm EDT