Record-breaking crowd makes Oswego a destination

Reunion 2009 Alumni and friends once again set a Reunion Weekend attendance record with about 1,400 returning home to Oswego June 4 through 7.

Members of 12 milestone classes, several Greek groups and others enjoyed more than 50 events on and off campus. Receptions, ceremonies and informal get-togethers made Oswego a great summer destination for alumni and their families.

Doreen Mahar Hockey and her husband, Dave, classes of 1991 and ‘92 respectively, were enjoying their first trip back to campus in 15 years. In addition to the Zeta Chi Zeta fraternity 40th anniversary celebration, the couple traveled from Georgia to revisit some of their favorite restaurants.

“Hopefully, every five years we can do something like this,” Dave Hockey said.

The Campus Center was a big draw for many attendees, the oldest of whom represented the Class of 1939. Many of the hundreds of alumni who filled Riggs, Johnson and Hart halls were also impressed.

Reunion 2009 “I had a wonderful time—it was my first time back to see all the differences in the dorms,” 1953 graduate Edna Henley Edwards of Mount Vernon said. “We lived in the [old Army] barracks, eight people to a room.”

The weekend of celebration at main events like the Taste of Oswego, Picnic on the Lake and “Welcome Aboard BBQ” also included some moments of solemnity.

A special remembrance ceremony for the two Oswego victims of the Pan Am 103 disaster drew about 100 classmates and relatives of Lynne Hartunian and Colleen Brunner. Many of their classmates were on campus to celebrate the 20th Reunion of the 1988, ‘89 and ‘90 classes.

Victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 1989 graduates Richard Caproni and Michael Hannan, were also remembered at a separate ceremony.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Reunited—From left: 1954 graduates Alma Brown Moses and Curt Matterson are joined by Edna Henley Edwards, class of 1953, and 1952 graduate Doris Bodin at the Taste of Oswego event.

(Posted: Jun 11, 2009)

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