In the last few months since the whirligig of our 55th Reunion (a--A virtual wonder) and the launch of our five-year cycle as your class officers, I’ve had the opportunity to pause and consider the many ways my life has been expanded and enriched by my time at Wellesley. At the beginning came a series of shocks, most of them pleasant (or at least invigorating): the beautiful New England campus, the challenging intellectual environment, caring and impressive faculty, the immersion into a diverse and delightful group of young women whose friendship has nourished me for years.
At the end of our campus life in 1966, we all became members of a wider tribe of energetic and accomplished women with different careers and living in different places all shaped and united by Wellesley’s standards and values. Now that we are in our seventy-seventh year, we look forward to finding new areas of common interest and to bringing classmates together in person and in virtual connection, to share and discuss what the future might bring.
My fellow officers include Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight, my partner in Reunion planning, now moving into the Vice-President’s responsibilities for planning mini-reunions; Phyllis will be assisted by Susan Forbes Martin, who set such a high standard for mini reunions during the enforced solitude of the pandemic. Sally Gregory McMillen serves as Class Secretary, so please remember to send her your news for us all to share in her Class News in W, every quarter. Ann Wegner Birk, our Class Treasurer, has taken the lead in planning and distributing the recent class survey, and tabulating the results to help us structure a series of programs and presentations on issues that concern many of us. Freya Lund Sonenstein, our Wellesley Fund Representative, is tasked with setting goals for the class financial support of Wellesley. She will be working with Judy Margolis Katz, who is continuing her role as Durant chair. Mary Baughman has also graciously agreed to continue as Webmistress for our class website.
I am beyond grateful to these remarkable women for their willingness to serve the class of 1966. We are all looking forward to what the next five years will bring. 1-9-6-6, Wellesley, RAH!
Suzanne Storey Speaker