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Helen Garcia-Alton, daughter of Lucy Alton ’78, secures her view for the Parade of the Classes.

Reunion photography by Paola Nogueras-Balasquide Tagliamonte ’84
Assistant to the photographer, Kelly Griffin ’99

A PART OF MY IDENTITY

Reunion 1998 was the largest in Bryn Mawr history, with nearly 900 alumnae/i, family and friends attending.

“I was impressed by the respect we have for motherhood and the creative and flexible ways we have been able to include children in our lives,” commented Robin Horton Scudder ’78. “I adore seeing my classmates with babes and toddlers on their laps. Who’d have thought it in May 1978?” added Lucy Alton ’78. “I had truly forgotten what good friends we are and how much we had missed each others’ company.”

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Jennifer Utley ’93 shows Elijah (10 weeks) to Mariam Koohdary ’93, Alice Goldberg ’93 and Amanda Murphy ’93.

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Clarissa Putnam Messer, daughter of Diane Putnam ’78

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Emily Eldridge, daughter of Virginia Eldridge, and Jeffrey Aronoff, son of Victoria Pic Aronoff ’73

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Alex Tanner, son of Catherine Allegra ’83

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Jared Sapir Rapoport, son of Margaret Sapir '73

A lightening storm drove Step Sing indoors to the Great Hall, but the gathering force of traditional songs overpowered disappointment at the change of venue. Weather cooperated for the rest of the weekend to show off the beauty of the campus. “I am proud of the tender care Bryn Mawr has devoted to the magnificent trees!” wrote Eloise Frances Clymer Haun ’58. “They stir the soul, imagination and vision. A unique shrine and part of my identity.”

It was the first Bryn Mawr Reunion for Nancy J. Vickers. “This has been quite a year for me,” said Vickers in her State of the College address. “I knew when I accepted the presidency at Bryn Mawr that I was joining a unique institution with a great sense of tradition and a habit of turning out dynamic women. “Every one of the Bryn Mawr alumnae/i I have met, and I have met quite a few over the years as fellow graduate students and roommates, as academic colleagues, business women, law-yers, students—women across a broad range of professions—every one of these Bryn Mawr women has impressed me as admirable and distinctive, and quite extraordinary in her independence of mind. “And my visits to Bryn Mawr gatherings in about a dozen cities so far, with more to come this summer and next year, have only reinforced my initial sense that there is something very special about this institution which cultivates strong women and encourages them to take themselves and their ambitions, whatever they may be, very seriously. What I did not expect, however, was the exceptional strength of the loyalty and involvement and affection that alumnae/i, and indeed the entire College community, have for Bryn Mawr. I have been deeply touched by the passion and dedication that so many people—faculty, staff, alumnae/i—bring to their work on behalf of this institution. It is a great privilege to share that commitment with you.”

Among the special Reunion events were alumnae art exhibits, an interfaith religious service led by reuning clergy, a panel on career strategies, a beer tasting led by Chris Borowec ’80, lecturer in Russian and assistant dean, and a hands-on chaos workshop led by Neal B. Abraham, Ph.D. ’77, Rachel C. Hale Professor in Sciences and Mathematics and professor of physics.

A panel of alumnae in the medical health field discussed how managed care affects women’s health issues. Abigail Trafford ’62, editor of the Washington Post’s health section, moderated speakers Bonnie Brice Dorwart ’64, Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical Center; Barbara Viventi Howard ’63, president of Medlantic Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and Hannah J. Parker, PB ’93, a medical student at Harvard University. Mary Osirim, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Africana Studies program, discussed the economic roles played by women entrepreneurs in urban Zimbabwe, part of her fieldwork over the last 15 years. Alison Baker ’62 presented her documentary, Voices of Resistance, which depicts testimony by Moroccan women about winning liberation from the French and from ignorance.

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