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2017 SM Reunion Weekend a Resounding Success
2017 SM Reunion Weekend a Resounding Success

More than 200 alumni, former faculty, and guests were on campus on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, for the 2017 St. Mark's Reunion Weekend. "In one word, the weekend was 'terrific'!" said SM Director of Planned Giving Bill Bagley.

Festivities began with an opening reception and Reunion dinners on Friday evening. Saturday saw Head of School John C. Warren '74 speak about "Curriculum and Campus Transformation," followed by a well-attended and moving memorial tribute to longtime Athletic Director William A. "Fritz" Wiedergott, held in the Putnam Family Arts Center's Class of 1945 Hall. There were also seminar presentations from the Class of 1957 and a "pottery throwdown" in the ceramics studio with Ms. Belt.

At noon, there was a BBQ lunch on Belmont Field, while alumnae from the Southborough School enjoyed their traditional Reunion luncheon and gathering at Choate House. In the afternoon, the 24th annual Peter M. Schuh Memorial Golf Tournament took place on the St. Mark's course. Established in memory of Pete Schuh '92, the tournament raises funds to support the Peter M. Schuh Scholarship, given each year to a rising Sixth Former. There was also a presentation in the Faculty Room on "Academic Innovations at St. Mark's," led by faculty members John Camp (Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at SM and chair of the English Department) and Katherine Millett, Director of the St. Mark's Saturdays program and chair of the History and Social Sciences Department). In addition, there were lawn games and the swimming pool was open. Throughout the weekend, the Cub Club, based in the Lion's Den, offered activities for children.

At 5:30, the traditional Reunion Memorial service took place in Belmont Chapel. The Saturday evening reception, the annual clambake, and plenty of dancing followed under the tent on Belmont Field.

In attendance were members of the classes of 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1962, 1957, 1952, and 1942—all Reunion classes—as well as a scattering of others from 1953, 1966. 1974, 1978, 1984, 2003, and more. The oldest alumnus present was Richard Van Cortlandt Parker '42, who was on campus with his grandchildren: Stephen Parker '84 and Liz Parker Eichfeld '03. Dating back to alumnus Cortlandt Parker, SM Class of 1872, five generations of Parkers have attended St. Mark's, along with several collateral Parker cousins for a total of thirteen (Parkers, Lyman, Beekman, Harrower, and Parkman) St. Markers.

The Henry W. Large Prize, given each year to the Reunion Class with the highest percentage of members attending Reunion Weekend went to the Class of 1957. Warren Chang '07 was recognized as the alumnus who traveled the farthest to attend Reunion. The Founders' Award, to the Reunion Class giving the most to St. Mark's, went to the Class of 1977.

A wonderful time was had by all.