1959 Class Reunion
The class of 1959 met at the Lancaster Campus on June 27, 2009, a picture-perfect day weather-wise. Classmates began congregating on the lawn by the Mill Stream around noon. After this informal time of visiting (12:00-4:00 p.m.), Assistant Superintendent Miles Yoder led a tour that included the new Rutt Academic Building and other newer campus buildings. Afterward classmates met for a formal class picture by Jonathan Charles. The 6:00 banquet in Alumni Dining Hall included welcoming remarks by class president Ernie Mast, a delicious meal by Dottie Weber and staff, and a program that consisted of music by the ladies’ quartet, a brief time of remembering the class’s 13 deceased classmates (led by David Myer), music by the men’s quartet, a time of sharing guided by Lloyd Wert, singing of the class dedication song and class song, and a sending prayer by Lucille Mack Stoltzfus.
Of the 97 classmates still living, 76 registered to attend some portion of the reunion. Forty-nine spouses and friends also attended the reunion. According to the planning committee, many felt the “1959 Class Memory Book,” sent to class members in May, was a factor in bringing so many classmates together, some for the first time in 50 years. The book, designed and edited by classmate Esther Mast, includes a page for each class member. A classmate was a huge blessing by offering to underwrite the printing costs and postage to send the Memory Book to each class member. The book and the reunion will carry many wonderful memories for years to come!