Classmates came from far and near, but Peter Grabosky of Deakin, Australia, came the farthest to attend our 45th reunion in early June. Peter enjoyed himself enough to state unequivocally that he’ll be back in 2016 for our 50th. * Ed Phillips attended just the Thursday night ferry trip and dinner on Great Diamond Island but has vowed that he will attend the whole weekend of events for our 50th. * In many ways the 45th felt like a warm-up for The Big One in 2016. Ideas were generated, several classmates offered help with the planning, and Fran Finizio, the newly elected class president, vows to keep the momentum going. Some 45th highlights: Linda O’Connor McDonough’s beautiful floral arrangements that filled our class headquarters; the announcement of reunion class gifts to the College, our class’s being one of the largest (with thanks to Gary Knight and his committee for their fundraising efforts); Professor John “Daisy” Carvellas’s lively lecture on the role of the housing crisis in the current economic recession, appropriately followed by Linda O’Connor McDonough’s serene and restful anti-stress workshop that returned our blood pressure to normal levels; Reverend Barry Clark Hews’s beautiful blessing before our Saturday night dinner; the minimally rehearsed but bravely performed ditty sung at dinner by Five Sixties Chix, alias Sue Turner, Britt Carlson Anderson, Meg Fallon Wheeler, Barry Clark Hews, and Beth Adams Keene; the well-deserved recognition of the reunion planning committee members with special thanks to retiring class president Stan Marchut, who did a fabulous job of leading us up to and through our 45th; the Colby campus, looking so beautiful, astounding us with its new buildings and big trees. But I suspect all would agree that reunions are really about friendships old, new, and rediscovered, second chances to connect with those with whom we walked the same pathways many years ago. Hail, Colby, Hail! * We missed seeing Bill and Ruth Loker Ingham on campus in June and were saddened to learn that Ruth’s breast cancer treatments were preventing them from traveling. The good news is that the outlook is excellent and they definitely plan to be at the 50th. Ruth writes, “For all who have walked this road themselves or with loved ones, I cannot recommend enough a book called Anticancer: A New Way of Life. It has given me fresh energy and a sense of power over the rest of my life.” Thank you, Ruth. * Those of you who saw Elena and Peter Anderson at reunion will be interested to know that they have remarried since then. When it came time to put the deed to their new Buenos Aires apartment in both their names they learned it would be necessary to get their U.S. marriage certificate translated, copied, notarized, and forwarded to Argentina—a cumbersome three-month process. Instead, they decided to just get married again—to each other!— in Buenos Aires. Congrats to the newly-reweds! * Janet Brooks retired from her job at a Portland, Maine, law firm in June and relocated to Iowa City, where she went to graduate school right after Colby—a big life change that felt both exciting and scary. She wrote, “If I don’t do this, it becomes the road not taken, and I know I don’t want that.” * Susan Footer Hummer wrote from England, where she and her husband, Jim, have lived for more than a year while Jim works at a nuclear power plant an hour out of London by train. They get back to their Bath, Maine, home and Christmas tree farm to prune the trees and enjoy the December cut-your-own weekends. * It is with a heavy heart that I report the loss of a dear classmate and beautiful friend Jemmie Michener Riddell, who died of ALS June 30. We send our sympathy to Jemmie’s husband, Matt ’65, and to all her family.