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What do ALC, BBB, 50 and MIT have in common?


This coming September 25 and 26, the annual MIT Alumni LeadershipConference (ALC) will be held on MIT’s campus, and there are at least three great reasons for you to consider attending:

The first of these is the ALC itself, and you do not have to be actively involved as a leader in alumni activities to attend. The two-day conference includes behind-the-scenes updates from the Institute’s leaders, presentations from MIT faculty and students, and brainstorming discussions led by MIT alumni and staff.

The second great reason to attend is that our 1967 Class President and MVP Bob Ferrara will be awarded the coveted Bronze Beaver during the ALC. The Bronze Beaver Award is the highest honor the Association can bestow upon any alumni volunteer. It is given to recognize distinguished service to the Alumni Association and the Institute by alumni who have been active in most or all phases of alumni activity. Only 312 individuals, including our own Classmate Chuck Kolb in 1987, have been awarded the Bronze Beaver since it was first established in 1955, 60 years ago. Bob’s Bronze Beaver (BBB!) will be the 313th! Join us at the ALC’s award ceremony in applauding Bob’s accomplishments for our Class and for MIT!

And, finally and perhaps most importantly, we intend to use this outstanding opportunity to brainstorm our 50th Reunion, now less than two years away! We will do so in a special Saturday lunch round-table session during the ALC. And by being there, you will help make the 50th Reunion the most successful and fun MIT reunion in the history of Tech’s 100 Classes, our Class of course being the 100th! Reminder: Order your 100th MIT class crests available from Gould's now to wear at ALC and California Dreamin' 2015.

So, on September 25th and 26th, join us for ALC, BBB and 50 at MIT!

AMITA's 50th Reunion Traditions

The Association of MIT Alumnae (commonly abbreviated to AMITA) promotes alumnae accomplishments and history, maintaining connections among alumnae, and supporting women on campus.    In 2013 AMITA presented silver scarves to the women grads of that year's 50th Reunion Class, the Class of 1963.  Classmate Carol Hooker, '67 who is an officer of AMITA explains more.....

I thought this image might make a nice t-shirt design for the organization I’d like to introduce to you.  Yes, it’s a variation of this one in the MIT Museum Store.

Model wearing AMITA grey cotton t-shirt designed by Carol Hooker

AMITA was founded in 1899 - more than 20 years before women would win the right to vote!  It provides a way for former MIT women students to stay in touch with each other and with the Institute. To become a member of AMITA click here. For events which are open to everyone check out our website for more details.  AMITA provides commemorative grey silk scarves to 50-year alumnae at the reunion - save the date for 2017! Click here for information on AMITA 50th reunion traditions.


Model wearing AMITA grey silk 50th reunion scarf

MIT Class of '63 alumnae at 50th reunion AMITA presentation

Almost a decade ago I volunteered to help with the AMITA website and now find myself on the board as the Archivist.   One of AMITA’s projects near and dear to my heart is the Margaret MacVicar AMITA Oral History Project.  Click here for access to the Margaret MacVicar online archives.  It turns out we have significant dollars in that fund and are looking for ways to capture more oral histories.  Let me know if you have ideas or would like to get involved!

Needless to say a lot has changed since our class was at MIT.  There were 35 coeds in our class of 800 which is a whopping 4.4%.  This year’s class of 2018 (1,043) is 48% female.  I was surprised to hear that the term ‘coed’ is now considered a sixties term and long ago done away with - really??  I may have to do some more research on that and submit another item for the Red Blazer…


On Sunday, October 5, 2014 the first Class Connections event of 2014/2015 was a great success

Our two Connected Classes - the Classes of 2017 and 1967 – held the first event of this academic year on Sunday, October 5 afternoon event featuring Bill Swanson, Chairman of Raytheon Company, one of the world’s top defense companies. At 3PM in Kresge Auditorium, the two  Class Presidents Bob Ferrara ‘67 and Liana Ilutzi ’17 asked Bill to answer audience questions in an interactive Q & A session, titled “From the Factory Floor to the Corner Office: One Engineer’s Journey”. Bill has a great way of offering life lessons and career advice for the highly motivated people, like our MIT undergraduates. Raytheon’s first factory was founded next to MIT in 1928, and – as in Bill’s life– there has been much amazing history along the way. This session was followed by an MIT community BarBQ.
Click here to read more about Mr. Swanson and the Class Connections event.

Class of '67 shell dedicated in ceremony at boathouse

The Class of ’67 had the honor of dedicating a new crew shell on May 3 at the Pierce Boathouse. Dennis Womack-Kalla, who organized the fund drive, led a ’67 contingent. Also attending were several dignitaries like Gary Zwart, the lightweight varsity coach from our era, and the current women's lightweight squad and their coaches Claire Martin-Doyle and Amelia Booth. The ’67 shell will be used mostly by the women's lightweight crew team. At the ceremony Dennis spoke briefly, thanking the donors and thanking Gary and the coaches for the love of rowing which they instilled, then christened the boat with a traditional bottle of champagne.
After some photos all retired to the boathouse lounge for a nice catered lunch. The food was excellent, but the real enjoyment was the opportunity to talk to the women on the current lightweight team. Dennis noted also the class of '67 was the first graduating class to row out of the Pierce Boathouse, so the year of our fiftieth reunion will be the fiftieth anniversary of racing at the boathouse. Donors to the Class of '67 Crew Shell Fund were Nate Curland, John Ebert, Ken Folllansbee, Janet Follansbee, Ed Geltman, Nancy Geltman, Ray Giglio, Alan Hausrath, Mike Kruger, Don Partridge, Larry Taggert, Dennis Womack-Kalla, and Robert Wilson ('71). Click here to read Dennis's inspiring story about how this project started over 50 years ago when we were freshmen at MIT. Click here for more pictures from the ceremony,

MIT's 100th graduating class!

The MIT150 events in 2011 were a vivid reminder of MIT's origins, starting with the charter passage in April, 1861. A bit less known is that classes did not start until four years later, after a difficult period of fund-raising, organizing and building, all of which played out with the Civil War in the background. It was not until 1868 that MIT actually had its first graduates. However, from that beginning, over an unbroken span of 145 consecutive years MIT students have continued to graduate and to join each class of new alumni.

Thanks to classmate Bob Howard, the Reunion Committee began to take note of these facts. Bob had just read Matthew Pearl's new mystery thriller "The Technologists" about the Institute's very first graduating class in 1868. As we did the arithmetic, it became clear that the Class of 1967 is the 100th annual class of graduates from MIT. Interestingly, none of us recalls being aware of this in 1967. On one level this is just a curious MIT factoid. At the same time we looked forward and observed that in 2017, at our 50th Reunion, we will be privileged to participate at Commencement with the Class of 2017, which will be MIT's 150th consecutive graduating class. To us, that seems like an occasion worth commemorating.

Below is Bobby Richards' diploma from that Class of 1868. He was the first president of the MIT Alumni Association and the husband of MIT's first female graduate, the renowned Ellen Swallow Richards. Both are important characters in Matthew Pearl?s engaging historical novel.

 Bobby Richards diploma

25th Reunion Photo Rediscovered!

While cleaning out a drawer last April just before the 45th Reunion, Chet Sandberg and his wife rediscovered this wide angle photo from our 25th Reunion. How timely! See if you can identify some of these folks. Here is a link to the compressed version and here is a link to the full 1MB photo.

Our 1963 Freshman Picture Book Photos

Just before our 40th Reunion, Stan Rose scanned all of our 1963 Freshman picture book photos. So if you wanted to see what we looked like 40+ years ago, please open the .PDF files below. (Please note, these are big files, 2-4MB each).
Men - John Acevedo to Richard Cutler
Men - Mike Daily to Harvey Golomb
Men - Lewis Golovin to Mike Mark
Women! - All 35 Coeds in the Class of 1967
Men - Avram Markowitz to Chris Scott
Men - Mike Scott to David Wilcox
Men - Harald Wilhelmsen to Mike Zuteck

Thanks to Stan!

Maps of MIT '67 alumni home addresses

US Map showing locations of MIT alumni This map indicates the location of MIT Class of 1967 alumni home address locations. We are working on getting a world map that goes beyond the USA. Thanks to Peter Muise and Tony Tavares of the MIT Alumni Office for providing this map, which is also included as an Adobe Acrobat attachment.
Class of 1967 Home Addess Locations

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