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    Class of 1969, 50th Reunion

    Reunion Events

    Thursday, Oct. 10
    4-7 p.m.
    Welcome Reception and Homecoming Check-in
    Smith Family Gallery, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St.
    Visit with classmates and pick up your registration materials.
    Menu: $38/person
    Host Bar: Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
    Crostini with fig, goat cheese, arugula and candied pecan
    Chicken potstickers with soy dipping sauce chicken
    Domestic cheese & crackers
    Shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce
    Seasonal fresh fruit
    7:30-9 p.m.
    "Get Together: 1969 and the Music of the Sixties" presented by Craig Werner '74, Packard  Performance Hall
    Craig Werner, who is the son of late Professor Ray O. Werner, taught Afro-American Studies and American cultural history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, until his retirement earlier this year. A long-time member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee, his books "A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race and the Soul of America" and "We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War" are widely recognized as authoritative works on American rock and soul.

    Friday, Oct. 11
    8-9:15 a.m.
    Breakfast, South Hall Commons (formerly Slocum Hall)
    Menu: $14/person
    Assorted muffins and breakfast breads
    Scrambled eggs
    Roasted red potatoes
    Applewood smoked bacon strips
    Seasonal fresh fruit
    Orange juice
    Cranberry juice
    Coffee (regular and decaf) and hot tea
    9:30-11 a.m.
    Fifty Year Club Induction Ceremony, Shove Memorial Chapel
    President Jill Tiefenthaler will present Fifty Year Club diplomas to the Class of 1969. Steve Spear '69 will address the class. Members of the Class of ’69 should arrive by 9:20 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. rehearsal. Class photo to follow.

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Fifty Year Club Luncheon, Bemis Great Hall
    All current Fifty Year Club members and newly inducted members from the Class of 1969 are encouraged to attend. $15.
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Re-creation of a 1969-style "Happening," Palmer Hall steps
    Revisit the era of Woodstock and join us for an authentic 1969 HAPPENING. A small, but mighty band of ’60s hippies will be leading the way. Find out what the ’60s was really about. All you 2019 wanna-be hippies need to be there. Remember, it is a partly improvised or spontaneous event involving audience participation. Meet on the steps of Palmer Hall at 12:30 p.m. sharp ... and be sure to wear some flowers in your hair! It is a HAPPENING!

    2-3:30 p.m.
    “The Liberal Arts Advantage” with Jane Lubchenco '69 and Marcia McNutt '74, moderated by Provost Alan Townsend, Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, Armstrong Hall
    Citizens of today and tomorrow need to be able to solve the challenges of the world, including the existential threats of a changing climate, depleted biodiversity, and disrupted communities with the vision of a scientist, the discipline of an engineer, the heart of a humanist, and the creativity of an artist. This is the goal of a liberal arts education. In this session, Provost Alan Townsend will moderate a discussion with Drs. Marcia McNutt and Jane Lubchenco, two distinguished scientists and CC alumnae who have exemplified a cross-disciplinary and leading approach to science and its relevance to our lives. Drs. Lubchenco and McNutt will talk about the advantages of the liberal arts backgrounds in their own careers, how that approach to education is more important than ever, and how it can help society move forward at a critical time.  

    4-7 p.m.
    Reception, 4th  Floor, Charles L. Tutt Library
    Classmates will provide musical entertainment. If you would like to join in, bring your instrument of choice. After the reception, head downtown for dinner or enjoy a Tiger hockey game at the World Arena. (Shuttle provided. More information is provided below.)
    Menu: $45/person
    Host bar: beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
    Seasonal fresh fruit
    Domestic cheese & crackers
    Build-your-own street tacos: Beef barbacoa, shredded spicy chicken, black beans and sautéed peppers and onions, shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, jalapenos, cilantro, fresh lime, sour cream, queso fresco, flour and corn tortillas, housemade tortilla chips with salsa & guacamole, and cinnamon churros

    7:30 p.m.
    CC Tiger Hockey Game, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. 
    General admission tickets are $12 and will be available through Homecoming registration and shuttle will be provided from the reception to the game, and following the game, back to campus and the downtown host hotels (Mining Exchange and Antlers). The shuttle will pick up alumni outside Tutt Library on Cascade Ave. at 6:40 p.m. sharp.

    Saturday, Oct. 12
    10-11 a.m.
    Homecoming Convocation and Alumni Awards Ceremony, Shove Memorial Chapel

    12:30-2 p.m.
    Homecoming Picnic, Tava Quad
    The Office of Alumni and Family Relations invites alumni and their families to gather for a picnic lunch on the quad. Tickets are $15 for adults and children 12 and under are free. At 1 p.m., performers from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain tribes will present songs and dances in a festive exhibition of Ute culture.

    5-11 p.m.
    Reception, Dinner, and Dance, Bemis Lounge and Great Hall
    5-7 p.m. – Reception
    7 p.m. – Dinner
    8:30 p.m.  Dance in lounge of Bemis Hall. Would you like to add songs to our Spotify playlist for the Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dance? Send two song suggestions to

    Menu: $70/person
    Host bar: beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
    Coffee and tea service

    Appetizers: tapas platter

    Choose from the following entrees:
    Steak au poivre
    Coq au vin
    Root vegetable bourguignon (gluten-friendly)

    This plated, sit down dinner is served with green salad, dinner rolls and butter, glazed carrots, vegan yukon gold mashed potatoes, and flourless chocolate cake or fruit-topped cheesecake

    Sunday, Oct. 13
    10-11 a.m.
    Homecoming Memorial Gathering, Shove Memorial Chapel
    Join us for a reflective gathering to remember and honor the lives of CC classmates, faculty, and staff who have passed away.

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    In Memoriam

    Please share memories of your Colorado College classmates who have passed away. Tributes submitted by Aug. 30 will be included in the 50th Reunion Keepsake Directory.


    Classmates Who Have Passed Away

    Full Name

    Deceased Date

    James Albrect

    Cynthia Alfery

    Hunter Antonides


    Lawrence Armstrong


    James Austin

    Hockey goalie for the tigers. He married above his station to Kathy Collier Stimits. He dropped his pads for a coach's whistle. In spite of his coaching, the teams did well. - Dan Stitt


    Jim Bailey


    Bruce Beaton


    Charles Betcher


    Jim Dick

    Jim became a permanent part of my life the night of the Freshman Mixer. My new dorm mate, Emily, came home and said she had met someone special. Jim and Emily became inseparable and married while at CC. We became especially close when Jim and Emily moved to Boulder and began a business relationship with my husband, Steve, Jim was an avid entrepreneur and man of the world. He brought business acumen, a genuine love for the employees and a sense of adventure to the company, and our lives. He was a wonderful father to their three children and a true partner to Emily. We continue to feel a great loss. He was a true example of what a CC education is meant to be. - Jan Beaver Cornwell

    Jim was a devoted husband to our CC classmate, Emily Mulford -who displaced me as his housemate when they married in the summer before our senior year at CC! Later he was a devoted father of three great kids. Jim said he never wanted a “real job” and as far as I can determine, he never had one. Instead, he took the creative and uncertain road of being an entrepreneur creating multiple innovative businesses, several of which fizzled because of unforeseen complications and then hit a home run creating a discounted hotel reservation service which did exceedingly well until some little Internet companies called and, etc. came along. He was a nutrition and fitness freak who loved pizza without cheese(?) and long bike rides and runs including training & completing several Marathons. Ironically, he had an occult connective tissue disorder which in 1995 at the young age of 48, caused an internal dissection of his aorta. Usually fatal within a few hours, because of his amazing physical conditioning, he survived the 7-hour cardiac-aortic surgery and we got to have him around for another five years before a late complication of his cardiac surgery caused his sudden death. I still miss him immensely.- Hunt Kooiker


    LuAnne Underhill Dowling

    LuAnne was one of the best human beings I've ever known. My fondest memory of her (among many) was my trip to Alaska in 2004. LuAnne had organized every hour of my trip so I would have an in-depth understanding of that gorgeous state. We took boat trips and road trips, flew over glaciers, and even ran into a moose on one of our hikes. Every day was a day of wonder, organized by my thoughtful friend. I miss her so much. - Gillian L. Royes

    Luanne was a dear, kind, thought-filled soul who made you the total focus of her attention when in your presence. Her expertise in editing was legend and her insistence on accuracy in publishing was refreshing. I miss her quiet joie de vivre! - Linda Pickering Hancock

    In our sophomore year LuAnne Dowling , Jeanie Hull Beckman and I became roommates in the Max Kade House, a residence for German majors. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship for us all. It was evident early on that LuAnne was highly focused, organized and disciplined. Those traits partnered with her fine mind, and her knowledge and love of language to contribute greatly to her successful career as an editor. Another attribute that strongly drew clients to her business but was even more deeply treasured by her numerous friends was her conversation skill. LuAnne was a wonderful listener who gave her conversation partner her complete attention. Her thoughtful and insightful responses showed genuine interest, openness and abundant good will. After talks with LuAnne, I felt I had been heard, understood and appreciated. I will always be grateful for that precious gift! If you want to know more about LuAnne’s exceptional life, take time to read her obituary archive in the Denver Post. - Becky Thomas


    Jo Estill


    Sharon Dregne Gerstenzang


    Rick Hambleton


    Richard Harris


    Richard Holliday


    William Horvitz


    Mansi McClure Kern


    John Killackey

    John and I were friends from 1965 on until his passing. He was the drummer in our jazz trio, a roommate and great friend. His good nature, humor, gentle spirit and intellectual prowess were special. I miss him still. RIP, John. - Hilton Martin


    Jim MacDougall


    Tyler Makepeace


    Dennis Malone

    AKA "Pinkman." He married above his station to C. Cimino. He became a block of granite for the tiger's offensive line. - Dan Stitt

    Dennis "Pink Man" Malone was one of the most good- natured friends who had a great sense of humor. He was also known as the "Master of Mirth". He was an outstanding football player who could laugh while he was knocking someone into the ground. He became a well-respected lawyer who was loved by all. - Steve Ehrhart


    Gary Mammel

    For me, Gary and I had a unique relationship. He was my first ever 'study buddy'. We met at a coffee shop -- long gone -- on Nevada. Such a nice guy: smart, helpful, kind and prompt. He loved talking about his family in Denver. (I was ill-suited for Economics!) Gary became a banker and died too young. Nursing School is often about forming a successful study group. None, as I recall, had the positive, go get 'em attitude that Gary had. RIP - Miriam Price Lindahl

    Gary died at the age of 53 from colon cancer. He lived across the hall from me in Slocum Hall Freshman year. Gary always wore a sport coat, slacks, and tie to class everyday for four years. he was old-school "dapper." In the winter he wore beautiful Harris Tweed jackets and regimental ties that always matched. He was an Economics major. From CC he went to the Univ. of Kentucky where he became the youngest student ever to receive a Ph.D. in Economics from that school. Gary became a banker with a holding company in Denver. He spent several years as the bank President in Sterling, CO in the NE plains of the state. He came back to Denver to be the CEO of Cherry Creek National Bank. I saw him frequently after CC days. He always wore a bow tie at the bank. He sat in a glass office in the lobby where he could see the customers who walked in the door. He was a warm and friendly man who valued relationships. Before he fell ill, Gary became an advocate for closer relationships between Jewish synagogues and Christian churches. His faith grew. Before his death he published a short memoir which was part of his funeral. I recollect his memoir's closing words were, "When I die and go to the afterlife, and it turns out there's nothing there, what, really, have I lost?" - Rolle Walker


    Julio Martinez


    Dean Metcalf

    Dean Metcalf actually died on February 21, 2017 in Chia, Cundinamarca, Colombia. He was meticulous about details like that. After CC he studied Russian in Leningrad, went to grad school at UC Santa Cruz, and worked in a variety of jobs ranging from carpentry to commercial fishing to free-lance journalism. He was haunted by his service as a Marine in Vietnam and spent the rest of his life exploring what that experience meant to him, and to others, much of which he put into his memoir, "Rattlesnake Dreams." He was a complicated man of flinty integrity. - Jim Martin


    John Mullen

    He doesn't answer to "John." He married above his station to Susan Modlin Fernalld. - Dan Stitt

    Charley was on my wing in Slocum Hall our Freshman year. He was the first true intellectual I ever met. He had broad, strong shoulders indicative of a man in great shape. He swam for CC. Charley died at the age of 41 of cancer, possibly caused by radon poisoning. He is a published poet. Here is his tribute to the English poet, John Keats, who died at the age of 25 years. His wife, Susan, sent this after his death. It has remained in my Bible since Charley died. I read it frequently: "YEARS THIEF" (For John Keats) To trace him we conjure what is gone: shadow bodied in sun, fish gone into fish, name become bone. To his green legend we grant shapes like crystals to prop the air, shoulder the wave, and station our seasons across the earth. He reaped his season, garnering all songs. To his full pack, he layered more and still more - the thickest straw, the swelling word - now stored within death's easeful blank. Where are they now, those songs, ripped from us before his prime? Tuneless, we glean the stubble beyond his day, prying for bits that nestle in, too rich to rise. Hear what is gone: let earth bloom lost words, and give each word its reading in the new language of his land. Charley Mullen (1947-1988) - Rolle Walker


    Craig Nelson

    Craig was lost at sea in Alaska while fishing in the Fall of 1969. He had just arrived in Alaska for his first job after graduation. His dad and brother went to search for him. Craig's nickname was "Poudre" because he graduated from Poudre High School in Ft. Collins, CO. Poudre was hired as a basketball coach and Chemistry teacher right out of CC. He played varsity basketball at CC all four years. He was a fine student athlete. He was a finer human being. I was his roommate our Senior year in an upstairs apartment on No. Cascade Ave. He was my fraternity brother as a Kappa Sigma renegade, he being the only non-renegade. He never touched a drop of alcohol. He was always in control of himself. He was the first "designated driver" before we ever used the word. I never heard him utter a single curse word or act profanely in any way. He was a hunter and fisherman. He lived for the great outdoors. When I look back fifty years, I cannot remember knowing anyone quite like Poudre. He was never one to run with the crowd. He had a strong moral compass, a gentle soul who laughed often with a proud, innocent smile. His heart was pure, guileless. I still feel the sadness when I heard about his disappearance. I'm still sad to think about what the world lost. - Rolle Walker

    Tom Newman


    Mary Harris Oliver


    Kerry Oscar


    John Pearson

    He was a distinguished journalist. - Dan Stitt

    I played in a Slocum dorm basement band with John Pearson, who helped me learn some great bass lines. We played together in 1965 with Larry Newman on lead guitar, Bob Crowder on keys, and some local guy who was a bit older than us. John introduced me to the music of the amazing James Brown. John had a great deal of enthusiasm and was a joy to be around. - David Sullivan


    Allen Reeves


    Kweku Sagoe

    Kweku was a very special man. A brilliant poet and geophysicist. He lost his hearing in the early 70s but learned to lip read and went on to start his own engineering firm in Lagos. He married a wonderful woman and had three children. I loved him. - Bonita Lahey

    James (Jim) "Sedge" Siegmann

    At various times at CC Sedge was my floor-mate, suite-mate, and roommate. Years later he was the the Godfather of my oldest son. He was the first truly unabashed free spirit I ever met. He was a kind and gentle person who was always fun to be around, and a true positive force in the world. - Steve Spear

    I was in the same wing at Slocum Hall with Jim my Freshman year. We were both taking pre med classes, including chemistry. He was cut out for it while I, not so much. While I was getting scores on the tests in the mid sixties range, (sorry mom and dad, still no doctor in the family) he was always in the 90's. Looking back he was one of the good guys and I imagine was an excellent doctor. - Scott Warhover

    "Sedge", as he was affectionately called, never seemed to have a dull moment. He could take the most ordinary activity and put a spin on it that made us all laugh. He was not a manic person, but rather a bright presence in a oftentimes bland and conformist world. His wit was matched by his incredibly sharp intelligence. While other students were slogging through Organic Chemistry, he would say "Don't panic, go organic!" and then manage to ace the class. He took to his German classes with gusto and loved calling someone "Obstbäume" if he found them particularly silly. He was a generous and caring soul, so if he teased you, it was always with a kind and affectionate attitude. He was loyal to his close friends, and they were supportive and loyal to him. I will never forget you, Sedge. : ) - David Sullivan


    Harry the Hat Sperry

    I knew Harry fairly well. I remember many political discussions we used to have. He compensated for his 5' 2" height with a lightning fast wit that could cut anybody down to size if they didn't know from whence they spoke. (Still in a likable way) He was from California and always referred to it as God's Country. Hope he is hovering above it somewhere now.- Scott Warhover


    Margi Stuart


    Steve Stockmar


    Stan Tabor


    Edie Tibbits

    I thought she was so brave, coping with diabetes and pursuing a career as a bassist. I always wished her well. - Nina Propper Holland

    What a sweet person Edie was. She had a ready smile for everyone and graced us all with her positive attitude. She was a good friend and helped me to appreciate classical music. I admired her for playing the double bass, a challenging instrument that requires a great deal of stamina and physical strength. She was one of the very few people who transported her upright bass in a VW bug! I still fondly recall her taking a bunch of us in her little bug to Baskin Robbins. I miss you, Edie. - David Sullivan


    Cindy Vreeland


    Jerry Waldvogel

    Jerry Waldvogel was a childhood friend interested in writing and literature who graduated from CC in 1969 as English major. He stayed on in the Denver area working at various jobs, pursuing his interests on the side, but not formally using his degree. Our lives diverged when I went off into the Navy, went to grad school, got married and started a family. I was saddened to learn of Jerry’s death in the early 1980s while we were living in Ohio. - Paul M. Holland


    Chris Walker


    Skip Walker


    Malcolm Ware


    Barbara Walton Weldon


    Ann Williams

    Most brilliant person I ever met. Spoke at least 10 languages. She was generous. Life was hard for her. - Bonita Lahey

    She was a good and generous friend. - Jane Paolucci Yorker

    She was brilliant, funny, and a gifted writer. She took a shy kid from Texas and led her to one great adventure after another. I'll never forget her. - Nina Propper Holland

    Ann was gracious enough to let me take her out on a date at CC. I thought she was a true wonder. She was so brilliant and full of light. I was in awe of the way her mind worked. It was a humbling experience. - David Sullivan


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    Reunion Committee

    Carey Crain
    Hunt Kooiker
    Bonita Lahey
    Miriam Price Lindahl
    Bob Manning
    Janet Benson Manning
    Laurel McLeod P’08
    Chad Milton P’03
    Pam Shipp
    Darrell Sollberger
    Kathy Collier Stimits
    Patricia White Weed
    Crete Crawford Wood P’95, P’97


    Reunion and Homecoming Weekend Events
    Kristie Damgaard, Assistant Director for On-Campus Programs

    Lily Lauer, Alumni Relations Coordinator, On-Campus Programs

    Reunion Giving
    Matt Kelly, Associate Director of Annual Giving

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    Class Giving Goals & Progress

    Class of 1969 Class Gift
    Class Gift Goal: $569,000
    Class Gift Progress: $524,154
    Participation Goal: 100% or 274 donors
    Participation Progress: 43% or 120 donors

    1969 Scholarship Goals & Progress

    1969 Scholarship Goal: $50,000
    1969 Scholarship Progress: $65,409
    1969 Scholarship Participation Goal: 100%
    1969 Scholarship Participation Progress: 22 percent