The Class of 1961 Celebrates 55th Reunion in Style! Special thanks to the reunion committee who made everyone’s return to campus special. To Bob Burke, elected president and leader for “life,” for organizing the committee and keeping us all on track; Judy Hoffman Hakola for superb decorations, being our onsite coordinator, and managing the details for the Mary Low Lounge headquarters; Tom and Marilyn Blom Evans for providing endless, priceless entertainment with fine wines and champagne; and David Ziskind for representing the class as a campus-wide alumni lecturer with his talk “Architecture and Social Responsibility—Changing the World through Design” and as a speaker for our dinner in Foss. Special thanks to all for superb contributions! Your correspondent’s reunion highlights were dancing in the big tent with David McKay Wilson ’76—a writer, choreographer, and superb West Coast swing advocate—and discovering Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery in Oakland with Claire Lyons. Owners Bruce Olson ’76 and Karen Heck ’74 offered a tour and tasting just five minutes from campus. Dee Ann and Sandy Arens suggested we plan a mini-reunion in Hawai`i before our 60th in 2021. We can get a group together on the Big Island in 2018-19. Donna and Bob Burke are on the island in January for possible pre-planning, and Dean and Sandy Nolet Quinlan are game, as are Tom and Marilyn Blom Evans and Mary Sawyer Bartlett. At Sunday morning’s champagne jazz breakfast, past and future travels were enthusiastically discussed. Candy and Dave Bergquist have recently enjoyed the wonders of Scandinavia; Dean and Sandy Nolet Quinlan will take a Danube river cruise this year. Other world travelers intermittently savor the pleasures of home, like Ki and Bill Clough, Claire Lyons, Scotty MacLeod Folger, Anne Lehman Lysaght (who travels internationally with her singing group), Liz (Rowe ’63) and Bev Lapham, Candy Castle Marsellus, Sandy and Nancy Cunneen Boardman, Ned Gow, Dave Tourangeau, and Tom Kirkendall. We have numerous golf enthusiasts in our class, including Mary Sawyer Bartlett, Bob Burke, Frank D’Ercole, Gene Rainville, and Quimby “Q” Robinson. It was great to be back in the dorm again sharing laughs with Jane Bowman, Sue Fourcade Erskine, CC Clifton Lee, Dotty John Christmas, Carol Trigg Friedley, and Martha Raymond Scherpenisse, who had the right idea to bring three siblings to celebrate with her en route to a post-reunion Maine vacation. Carole Ann Pope, saw you briefly at the photo session. To those ’61 Mules unable to return—we missed you all! For a quick review of our spectacular 1961 class, please return to the 50th reunion book and re-read those bios. * Doug Riis sent a brief summary of his last 55 years: “I’ve been happily married to Mercer (MacNutt ’60) for almost 54 years, with one daughter in Portland, Ore., with our two granddaughters, and a son in Spain—both great places to visit. I’m a retired BU School of Dental Medicine professor, enjoying my “free time,” packed with mostly gardening and travel. My Colby years were mostly defined by the Colby Eight. The singing and friendship continues on with many reunions and visits: a wonderfully supportive group. This spring we attended our first Colby Club of Boston event, a hard cider tour and tasting. It was a terrific event hosted by Dave Epstein ’86. Not surprising, we were the oldest grads, but we enjoyed swapping Colby tales with many recent grads there. We certainly plan to attend the next event.” Note to classmates: You can easily see upcoming Colby events and activities worldwide by checking alumni events at alumni.colby.edu.