Presidential Greetings

Editor’s note: Our 55th also marked the changing of guard of our class leadership. We’re happy to present President Mark Donavan’s greeting to the Class of 1968:

Is it my imagination or are these reunions getting closer together?

A highlight of reunion is the parade. As we line up, we become a Purple Line, one that extends back to 1821 with the express purpose of sharing with fellow alumni our profound gratitude for the education and friendships that have shaped our lives. I line up with someone that I haven’t seen and reconnect. This year, it was Gordon Juan. Great to see you, Gordon. Great to see you, Paul Marquis – such a long time.

Looking around, the age differences between the classes is a stark reminder that in moving up towards the front of line raises that question of eternity that Tony Kronman discussed. Looking at the youthfulness of the Class of the 1978, entering the “glide path” into their 50th year, it was apparent that we have aged in the last 10 years.

And to my surprise this year, I was buoyed by the size and vigor of the Classes of 1963 and 1958. There is hope for us still. We all know that staying engaged is critical to our health. Sustaining friends is easier than going out and making new friends at this stage in our life.

Let us stay in touch until we meet again. Arthur Cambouris has enthusiasm for more Zoom meetings. David Marcello is still game for regional meetings.

I look forward to serving as your president. Contact me with your ideas.

Thanks, Mark Donavan

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