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Class of 1962's $8 Million "Thank You" Caps Alumni Weekend 2012

Hundreds of Scots return to campus to renew old ties, celebrate Wooster of today

June 13, 2012 by John Hopkins

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WOOSTER, Ohio, June 13, 2012 – More than 100 members of The College of Wooster’s Class of 1962 joined hundreds of their fellow Scots on campus last week to celebrate Alumni Weekend 2012. The 50th reunion class put an exclamation point on the festivities by presenting a class gift of $8,032,690.

Albert T. Klyberg and S. Berne Smith, who co-chaired the 50th anniversary fund effort, made the announcement on Saturday morning at the 128th annual meeting of the college’s alumni association. They noted that the total was achieved, appropriately, through contributions from 62 percent of the members of their class.

On behalf of the Class of 1987, class officers Emilie Storrs and Ann Clark Stengl presented a 25th reunion gift of just over $72,000.

G.T. “Buck” Smith ’56, president of Davis and Elkins College and former vice president for development at Wooster, presented the inaugural Sara L. Patton Stewardship Award to Stanley C. Gault and Flo Kurtz Gault, both of the Class of 1948. Emmanuel P. Sterling ’07 won the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and Douglas C. Topping ’67 received the John D. McKee Alumni Volunteer Award. 

At the conclusion of the meeting, piper Victor Welsch ’15 led the crowd out of Lowry to begin the parade of classes, ending at Scheide Music Center for the Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony, where Ronald C. Hughes ’70, Irwin L. Reese ’75, and Thomas K. Welty ’65 were honored for their professional achievements, their service to humanity, and their service to Wooster.

The rest of the weekend was a non-stop round of activities: individual class receptions and dinners, faculty and alumni panels, an all-class ice cream social with carnival games for future Scots, softball games, and an afternoon “Conversation with President Grant Cornwell” at which alumni heard the latest on their college and asked questions about everything from the curriculum today to how alumni can help connect students with internship and job opportunities.

The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. By working one-on-one with a faculty adviser to create an original research project, written work, performance or art exhibit, every Wooster student develops independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.