Carol McMurtry Fowler
10 Woodstone Sq.
Austin, TX 78703
Notes were written by Nannette McBurney Crowdus and Jane Pinckney deButts. The Class of 1957 was well represented at our 55th reunion last May. Attending were Judith Ruffin Anderson, Kay Diane Moore Bowles, Mary Landon Smith Brugh, Nannette McBurney Crowdus, Jane Pinckney deButts, Baba Conway Debicki, Catherine Meacham Durgin, Ninie Laing, Joy Peebles Massie, Cynnie Wilson Ottaway, Virginia Marks Paget, Chips Chao Pai, Dee Robin, Sandra Stingily Simpson and Charlotte Heuer Watts. Accompanying them were John Bowles, Bill Crowdus, Hunter deButts, Jimmie Massie, David Pai and Bob Watts. Honorary class member former president Betsy Muhlenfeld and her husband Larry Wollen joined us. Jane Fitzgerald Treherne-Thomas, Margie Scott Johnson and Day Gibson Kerr planned to come, but were unable to because of illness or injuries. We missed everyone who wasn’t there! The scrapbook that Carol McMurtry Fowler put together was pored over from cover to cover by all who attended. Thank you, Carol, for your usual fabulous job. It is indeed a great way to catch up with everyone.
Friday evening we gathered for cocktails and picture taking on the deck of the Elston Inn. We enjoyed a brief visit from President Jo Ellen Parker. Louise and Scott Zingaro joined us also. Being the famous class that we are, our “hangout” was the lovely reception room at the Inn, which is definitely the best spot for meeting, greeting, catching up and sharing libations.
Saturday morning we found our way to the Prothro Dining Room for a fine breakfast featuring omelets made to order, which fortified us for the bean bag toss challenge from the Class of 1982. Cynnie’s daughter Lele is a member of ’82 and had set up everything in front of the Senior Stairs. For “everything,” think Bloody Marys, Mimosas, water, etc. plus the bean bag boards made by Lele and her daughter featuring Vixens. The winner received a bottle of champagne (we won, of course). There will be a rematch during our 60th, so practice.
President Parker’s college update meeting Saturday was packed. She’s quite attractive and held our attention completely with reports concerning the strategic plan. One thing which caught our attention was the information that a matching grant of $20,000 is available for every $20,000 raised to renovate classrooms with cutting edge technology. We have been challenged by the Class of 2007 to match their gifts up to $10,000. If you want to be a part of this effort, let Nannette know.
The Reunion Luncheon and the evening Cocktail Buffet were held in the gymnasium of the new Fitness and Athletics Center, which is an impressive multi-purpose facility with rooms and offices donated by some of our class members. We announced that our lifetime gifts to Sweet Briar total $12 million! No other class is even close to that number! The applause was deafening. And of course, we still hold the record for the most ever given by any class at any Reunion with our gift for our 50th: $617, 657.57. Pictures were taken at Prothro in front of the plaque commemorating our achievements. We are famous, awesome, unbelieveable, etc. etc. Thank you, thank you to all of you who participated in our 55th Reunion Gift to establish scholarships for students who will be named “Class of 1957 Scholars.” By the way, you can still donate to our scholarship effort with any Annual Fund gift.
The class meeting was the usual railroad with Nannette agreeing to continue as class fundrdaiser and Carol as our permanent journalist. Note: Jane and Nannette are writing this because Carol messed up her dates and was in France during Reunion. No comment on her planning. Jane was elected president because she hasn’t done it before, she will do a good job and she is back in Va. Many thanks to Cynnie for serving for the last five years.
Quite a few of us visited Nancy Godwin Baldwin in her nursing home in Amherst. She was thrilled to see us and she was all dressed up for us, wearing her wonderful frog necklace.
Breakfast with Jo Ellen Parker for the 55th ladies was on the agenda Sunday morning, followed by church, then a visit to Sweet Briar House, where we were entertained by Daisy Williams, a most charming young lady. It’s time to mark your calendars for our 60th!