Alumni from 15 graduating years, along with their families and guests enjoyed a fun-filled weekend on campus for Reunion.
From the 75th to the fifth reunion—alumni who graduated in years ending in four or nine gathered to celebrate their time at Thacher. It is also a time for the School to celebrate the alumni and to thank them for their continued engagement with Thacher throughout the years. And celebrate they did!
The 50 year celebrants arrived on Friday afternoon and enjoyed lunch, campus tours, and horseback riding together—almost all from CdeP 1969 were in attendance. They were the guests-of-honor as they celebrated their gold reunion and in the run-up to Reunion, the class shared over 850 emails. The results were well planned, meaningful tributes throughout the weekend. Justin Faggioli acted as master of ceremonies for Saturday night’s Alumni Banquet and kept the stories and toasts flowing. To culminate Reunion, the class offered the Memorial Service on Sunday in honor of their class and in memory of classmates and fellow alumni: Stephen Huyler welcomed all to the morning and gave the Convocation; Scott Wilson read the poem When Death Comes by Mary Oliver; Jesse Adams recited Tennyson’s poem Ulysses; Neal Howe read Circles by Wendell Berry; and Jim Munger gave a talk titled A Sense of Place, performed a song he wrote for the event—Until Our Work is Done, and gave the Benediction.
Saturday offered seminars on various aspects of the School: its history, current academics, and visions of the future. History was covered by a panel discussion with the first three black graduates and a presentation on the history of the School’s leadership. Alice and Kurt Meyer, long time faculty members who are retiring this year, addressed present day education in their seminars, Teens and Sleep (or the Lack of It) and Math Challenges and Puzzles for Alumni,respectively. The Meyers also joined Head of School Blossom Beatty Pidduck CdeP 1992 in a Q&A session on the future of education at Thacher.
Director of the Thacher Observatory Dr. Jon Swift led observatory tours on Friday night. Thirty plus people visited the facility to watch Jupiter rise and peer into distant galaxies.
Throughout the weekend, alumni and their families enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, trapshooting, touring campus, viewing films by and about Thacher as well as the archive display, and of course, catching up with old friends while making new ones, especially at meals. There were class barbeques, brunches, dessert on the Pergola, late night pizza, and the Alumni Banquet. Members of the Boot Hill Society, alumni who have agreed to leave a legacy gift to Thacher, enjoyed a cocktail party at the home of the Pidducks.
The School’s photographer was busy capturing memorable moments. Follow this link to view and download photos from Reunion.