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April 18 – An Important Day in MIT History



For the Boston & Cambridge area, April 18 has been a day to remember for over two centuries. On April 18, 1775 during the earliest days of the American Revolution the famed patriot Paul Revere rowed from Boston’s North End “to Charlestown shore” and “spread the alarm to every Middlesex village and farm” of a military mission against the colonials. A year ago, this date took on additional meaning for many here near MIT and across the country. Last year on this date the Boston Marathon bombers shot and killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier as he sat in his patrol car at one corner of the MIT campus. This set off a police manhunt and “lockdown” never before experienced. It also set off a wave of memorials for Officer Collier, who in his very short career at MIT became a much beloved figure to students, staff, and colleagues alike.

In the last several months a group of MIT staff and faculty have been seeking an appropriate ceremony to mark this tragic event. So next Friday, April 18 a lovely memorial is being planned. The day will open with a 9AM ceremony at the site of where Officer Collier died, near the corner of Vassar & Main Streets on the MIT campus. The photo at left was taken just two days after, and the site was already overflowing with flowers, candles, and other remembrances. This location will be the site of a future sculpture, which is being designed by MIT architecture professor J. Meejin Yoon, who created a spectacular light show on the Charles during the MIT 150th Anniversary in 2011. (https://architecture.mit.edu/faculty/j-meejin-yoon)

1967/2017 Contributions to the April 18 Activities
Our 1967/2017 Class Connections group is developing a deep respect for MIT’s history, as we are the Institute’s 100th and 150th graduating classes. So we approached the organizers for the day with several ideas and offers, which were very well received. So we can share these details with our classmates:
* The entire MIT & local communities are invited to the day’s activities, starting with the ceremony at 9AM at Vassar & Main Streets, in Cambridge. That includes all of us, our families and friends.
* Some of our 1967 and 2017 classmates may be asked to help with directions for visitors. If you can be there at 8:30AM and would like to help, please e-mail 1967@mit.edu .
* The MIT Police are ordering 179 tree seedlings to give away and have people plant. Sean Collier’s badge number is 179, thus the significance of the number 179. Volunteers from the class of 2017 will be packaging the trees and giving them out. Please remember most of these freshmen had just visited MIT during Campus Preview Weekend, just before Marathon weekend last year. Their memories are quite vivid about the extraordinary events in the week that followed.

* Our Class Connections group suggested that “179” be displayed that entire weekend on the window lights of the Green Building. This structure, completed when we were sophomores, still towers over the east side of campus and Charles River Basin. The MIT Police enthusiastically endorsed this suggestion and even made sure that the Collier family liked it also. Some of our group are helping with this effort.
* Please consider making  a donation to help one or more of the runners of MIT Strong’s Boston Marathon Team to reach their fund raising goals for the Officer Collier Memorial Fund. There are no members of our class running, thus we suggest that you consider making a donation to either Bill King or Adam McCready. To read more and to make a donation, click on http://mitstrong.mit.edu/team.

Unlike our Class of 2017 counterparts, most of our 1967 classmates will not be at MIT at April 18. But – wherever you are - we hope that you will be here in spirit that special day.
- Bob Ferrara

 

1967 / 2017 Class Connections Speakers Forum:

Before and After – The MIT Experience


John R. Ross SB ‘67, PhD ‘74 speaks with members of the MIT class of 2017 at a Class Connections event on Sunday, Feb 9.

The event invited those from both classes to share their experiences at the Institute with each other. 
Under the above intriguing title, our Class and the Class of 2017 organized our most ambitious Class Connections project to date on Sunday, February 9, 2014, and it turned out to be, in every way, a most satisfying success.

1967-2017 Class Connections links our 100th graduating Class with the 150th Class, today’s freshmen. The program was conceived jointly by our Class, the Alumni Association and MIT Student Activities back in mid-2013. A couple of events had already been held: the first was a Toast to the Class of 2017 during freshman Orientation, and the second a reception during Family Weekend.  Since the Class of 2017 Class Council was elected, numerous meetings have been held with this amazing group of students by our Class’ Committee for this program. The Speakers Forum, an idea that was first brought forward by the 2017’s, was the first of our joint Class Connection projects.

"Before and After – The MIT Experience" featured three speakers from our Class and four from the Class of 2017. Barbara Gilchrist, Larry Constantine and Joe Ferreira, all of 1967, covered the “After MIT”, and spoke about their unique MIT experiences and how these helped create the successful careers that each have had. The “Before MIT” was covered by four 2017 freshman - Nikhil Buduma, Clarisse Caliman, Rumya Raghavan and William Jack -  who talked about experiences they had which led them to MIT: design of synthetic biological systems, experiences while working in Myanmar, doing cancer research in Israel, and building a nuclear fusion reactor in a basement. Barbara, Larry and Joe gave outstanding presentations, as the Committee knew they would, and all of us were, in Bob Ferrara’s words, “blown away” by the 2017’s fabulous and inspiring presentations.

Some amazing themes recurred in both the 1967 and the 2017 presentations. Perhaps these are really MIT themes which represent some of the essence of MIT. We heard speakers from both Classes talk about wanting to change the world, to grow as individuals by facing challenges, to look for the bigger picture and global exposure and to tackle seemingly unsolvable problems. Freshman and alumni alike talked about MIT’s intense problem-solving environment, about teachers that challenge students, about analytical thinking with state-of-the-art techniques, and about applying technology to public policy. And they talked not only about contents and classes and labs, but about people that influenced their lives, before, during and after MIT. And finally, Barbara, Larry and Joe told the 2017’s to be prepared for academic and career paths that are totally different from their current expectations and that will be influenced by unexpected events and persons.

Class Presidents Bob Ferrara and Liana Ilutzi announced the Class Connections projects which are in the planning phase. These will focus on extending public service in many ways and will be projects in which 2017 freshmen and 1967 alumni will both be able to participate in. Stay tuned for more on these projects, which are planned for mid-April 2014. And please plan to be part of them!


Ron Gomes Casseres
1967-2017 Class Connections Committee Co-Chair

Class of '67 sponsors two events at MIT
with author Matthew Pearl - Nov 20 & Nov 25

Author Matthew Pearl has a special place for our class since his mystery thriller "The Technologists" helped us realize that we are MIT's 100th graduation class. This book is a real page turner and was just selected as the best work of fiction by the Massachusetts Book Awards for 2013. The story has special appeal for Institute alums since it is set at MIT during the founding era in the late 1860's. Thus our class is especially delighted to sponsor two book discussion groups with Matthew. The first is a 6:30 PM evening reception and dinner with the MIT Club of Boston on Wednesday, November 20 at MIT. The second is a noon lunch on Monday, Nov 25 in the MIT Student Center. The Class of 2017 is our co-sponsor for this event.

Because of his extensive research in the MIT archives while preparing his novel, Pearl has a rare understanding of MIT's early years. This is a rare opportunity to understand that history with a very special person. Space for these two discussion groups is limited so we ask that participants please read the book and RSVP in advance to 1967@mit.edu. We will seek to accommodate the first 25 people.

Classmates Wanted for 47.5th Reunion Trip!

Almost one hundred classmates participated in the survey to decide the location for our Class's 47.5th Reunion. The clear winner was Northern California. So that is where many of us will head sometime in the spring or summer of 2015. A few Californians accepted the invitation to join Elaine Chandler and Jim Swanson on the organizing committee, and more are always welcome. If you can help, please contact Jim at jswanson@alum.mit.edu or 650-279-3872. We hope the 47.5th will be so memorable that it will serve as the launch pad for our 50th reunion in 2017.

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


45th Reunion in 2012- What a time!

Our 45th Reunion was filled with highlights, not only in Cambridge, but also during the postreunion gathering in Newport, Rhode Island as well. The complete schedule is on line. There were many unique-to-1967 events including a special campus tour by Bob Simha '57, who headed MIT's Planning Office for forty years.

Click here for a photo gallery assembled by John Acevedo. The 200+ photos are in rough chronological order and were contributed by John, as well as Stan Rose, Joel and Elaine Shwimer, George Starkschall, Bob Sullivan, Frank Walsh, Greg Wight, and Ted and Karen Williams. Just below is the e-mail summary of this memorable Reunion.   Reunion E-mail of August 8, 2012

Memorial Service at the 45th

We have a special Memorial Service at our Reunion to commemorate those classmates who have passed on. Several Reunion Committee members collaborated to create the program book below.  Memorial Service Program Book

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.

45th Reunion Gift

The 45th Reunion Gift Committee turned in very good results, raising 45th Reunion Class Gift of $2,259,722, with a participation of 49.1% of our class. Please remember these results are just for the fiscal year of our 45th Reunion, from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The Committee was co-chaired by John Acevedo and Dennis Womack-Kalla. Other members were Bob Ferrara, Eric Johnson, Dave Kress, Rick Koehler, Chuck Kolb, Henry Link, Stephen Marcus, Stan Rose, Mike Schiff, Bob Sitrin, Mike Telson, Jim Swanson, and Pete Young.

Class of 1967 Kenneth R. Wadleigh Scholarships

Classmates will be happy to learn that our Class of 1967 Kenneth R. Wadleigh Scholarship fund now provides aid to three MIT undergraduates, and throughout the years has supported an additional 20 excellent students. The current scholarship recipients are terrific young people, as you can see from this Wadleigh Scholarship Report. Clearly, given today's economy and high tuition, this help is really welcomed. Like us, these kids hail from all over - one each from Kansas, Texas, and Taiwan. With gifts large and small over the years, the Wadleigh Fund's principal is substantial - and growing. Thanks to all the classmates who gave to MIT for the Wadleigh Fund and for many other purposes. Our Class Agents John Rudy and John Acevedo typically extend the written appreciation but the gratitude they express is on behalf of every one of us as well. And now you can give on-line to the Wadleigh Fund or any other MIT fund at http://giving.mit.edu/.

Class of 1967 Crew Shell Fund

by Dennis Womack-Kalla
As you may know, for our last reunion Class of '67 crew alumni put together a boat to row in the reunion race. Stroked by Mike Kruger and coxed by Lou Offen, with Bill Arnauld, Don Partridge, Steve Drucker, Ed Geltman, John Ebert, Peter Billings, and me. We rowed against some much-younger crews and won the handicapped race. We decided we would like to give back to MIT crew in a special way, and we made pledges to buy an eight for the crew program. We are now on our way to financing that boat. If you would like to support MIT and our class, contributing to the Class of '67 Crew Shell Fund is a great way to do so. The Fund is now official with an account number of 365072. It will put "Class of '67" on a boat and under the lights (well, under the sun)!

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

  

Spotlight

Closing Comments for Class Connection Event
Sunday, Feb 9, 2014
by Bob Ferrara ’67, President Class of 1967

Before we break up, I would like to thank everybody who made this very enjoyable informative day possible.

First, let us thank our 7 speakers for sharing some of their interesting life experiences. Next, we want to thank this attentive audience of 1967 alums and 2017 future alumni for the attention and questions and making our most ambitious Class Connections event to-date so special. Lastly, we want thank the behinds-the-scenes people who made today possible, starting with Joel Pettigrew of the Student Activities Office, and Our Class of 1967 Subcommittee. Raise your hands please. We all worked closely with your Class of 2017 Council. Make no mistake, though, the 2017s were driving this bus. We alumni are just trying to keep up with this energetic group and their many constructive ideas. So let us thank all the 2017 Class Council members. Each of them is mentioned in program but please Liana and company, give us a wave so we can thank you.

Very soon we will break and you can get more food and talk to the any of the speakers and mix with everyone here. But before we do, I’d like to briefly expand on 3 items Liana mentioned in her opening remarks today. First, I want to say that with this event, our classes are again making MIT history. At the request of the MIT Alumni Association, we are the first classes in a very new Class Connection experiment. All MIT 50th Reunion classes traditionally participate in the Commencement ceremony, walking in the Killian Court parade. That is one thing we in this room also definitely will do together, but for our predecessors that’s pretty much been it. What’s different for us is that we have been asked to make those connections right at the beginning of your time at the Institute - almost a four year head start.

So we have been trying to figure out meaningful activities that work for your 2017 class here on campus and our hundreds of 1967 alumni scattered all over the globe. Today was a big start. Whatever happens, this Connection will be an adventure, and will make MIT history for your historic 150th Graduating class and our 100th Graduating class.

Second please recall the public service activity Liana mentioned at the outset. This is one area we can accomplish a lot in the 3+ years to come, before your class graduates from this exceptional place. Your Class Council emphatically pushed public service, so we have had conversations with MIT’s Public Service Center and many others. There are some really good ideas that we would be an honor to be involved in. We hope to have a specific program for our Class Connections public service program in place on important day in MIT history, this coming April 18.

Thirdly and lastly, please know that we have been asked to help by the group organizing the Officer Sean Collier Memorial Event on April 18. As most of you know this date is the first anniversary of the events which so affected MIT and the entire Boston community. The Memorial organizing group, which is headed by several MIT Police officers and others from around MIT, very much wants our participation that day. So please look forward to connecting then as well. Thanks again to all for a very good day.

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