Class of 1959 - November 2013
We attended Homecoming at Springfield College on October 26th and joined hundreds of alumni who returned home from near and far to attend workshops, see athletic contests, applaud award recipients and visit with friends and “family.” These activities were highlighted with the acknowledgements of our new President, Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, who was formally inaugurated as the president of Springfield College on November 15th. Please believe us when we say that we have a “bell ringer” in our 13th president. Dr. Cooper, who likes to be called Mary-Beth, has stated, “I intend to serve Springfield College through its people. My plan for the first six months to a year will be to listen to the members of the Springfield College community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, administration and the Board of Trustees. I believe it is essential that all members of the community have a voice in the future of Springfield.” She and her husband, David, have already made a major gift to the athletics program in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Women’s Varsity Athletics, which includes a challenge to others. Our new president has truly hit the ground running! (Yes, she is also a runner).
As you read this message, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be foremost in your minds and New Year’s promises about eating healthier and more exercise will cause only minor tremors. However, we are asking you to think further ahead about our forthcoming 55th reunion! (June 5 – 8, 2014). We sincerely hope that you will make every effort to return to campus to share in the festivities and see for yourself the many wonderful changes that have taken place over the past decade. The June 1, 2011 tornado that hit Springfield and our campus did major damage to several dormitories and large trees. While it has changed the green and site line across Lake Massasoit, the campus has never looked better. You must return to comprehend what Springfield College has become today! A pre-response form and return envelope are enclosed so that you may indicate your current thinking (it’s not like a blue book and we won’t hold you to it . . . it will help us in our planning).
As plans come together for our 55th, and as initially outlined in our March 2013 letter to you, we have an extraordinary opportunity to build upon an idea originated by a few members of the Class of l969. The Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund was recently created to support diversity education programs at the college. Tom was a true leader both during and after his years at Springfield College. In addition to representing the USA in the decathlon in the 1968 Summer Olympics, Tom served in the army, was a physician and became a leader in the gay community in San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s. Tom is known worldwide as the founder of the Gay Games, first started in 1982 and held every four years since.
Financial support for the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund has been received to fiscally drive the program for the first five years, while an additional $6,200 has been received toward endowing the fund, which will become permanent when a total of $25,000 has been reached. Gifts to the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund may come in many different forms. For example, you may give cash, stock, insurance or a planned gift, to name a few. This should be considered separate from gifts to the Springfield College Fund (formerly known as the Annual Fund). Another thought that has been suggested recently would be a gift “in memory or in honor” of a classmate or family member. Several classmates have suggested a gift in memory of Bill Lawson, Mel Hale, George Jessup, Don Gilpin or other classmate you may wish to memorialize and you could designate it to the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund. (Please do not consider a gift in memory of any of the undersigned….we’re not ready yet!).
We have shared this information with other classmates and all agree that this should be the focus of our reunion giving and could well be the driving force for future planned gifts to the college. It is our dream that sufficient funds will be raised to ultimately fund diversity programming and also enable the college to provide scholarships to deserving students. It is further comforting to know that other classes are aware of the tremendous legacy our classmate Tom has left and want to be part of this effort.
In summary: come back to campus and celebrate with us our 55th reunion! We know that you will have a great time and be amazed at the advances made since our last reunion or the last time you were here!! Give sincere thought to making a gift to the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund. And don’t forget your gift to the Springfield College Fund, which provides funding for the greatest needs on campus, primarily financial aid for deserving students. We have enclosed an envelope for your convenience in making a gift (please write either “Waddell Fund” or “Springfield College Fund” on the memo line of your check).
We do hope that you and your family are well and the “old bones” will enable you to come to Springfield next June 5 – 8. Should you have any thoughts, concerns, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail any one of us (or all of us) at the addresses below. Specific questions relating to the Dr. Tom Waddell ’59 Fund may be made to Mr. Scott Berg at email@example.com or Mr. Joe Long at firstname.lastname@example.org, both members of the development staff at Springfield College. They may be reached at (800)-622-6072.
Let us hear that you are coming back to our 55th in June!!!
|Tom Johnson, President||Owen Houghton, V.P.||Jack Savoia, Reunion Chair|