Hiram alumni from the classes of 1956-1964 decided the traditional five-year wait between class reunions would not suffice. In turn, alumna Nora Allen Cronin ’60 started a new tradition: annual get-togethers.
The former classmates usually meet at Ogelbay Resort and Conference Center in West Virginia, just as they did for their most recent reunion Sept. 30-31. Robert Shattuck ’60, who returned to his classical piano studies, entertained the group with a two-hour concert at the Oglebay Mansion. Meanwhile, Gary Barnard ’60, OD, and Carl Oney ’58, Ph.D., led a tree talk/arbor walk.
“Reminiscent of field trips to Nelson Ledges, the group followed Gary as he identified and discussed trees and shrubs growing around the lodge,” says event co-organizer alumna Linda Price Jardini ’60, assuring that a test after the trek was not required. “After dinner we sang Hiram songs … just as if preparing for Inter Club Sing.”
“The bond that holds these classmates together is magical. I’m convinced that such lifelong friendships couldn’t be forged anywhere else than on our beloved hill,” says John Coyne ’95, director of alumni relations.
The classmates are already planning for their 13th year at Oglebay, Sept. 26-27, 2018 (with an option to arrive Sept. 25). Any interested Hiram alumni should contact Linda Price Jardini ’60 at firstname.lastname@example.org.