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•   Jan Ting  11/19
•   Tom Thomas ('69)  11/19
•   Martha Ressler (Ressler)  11/4
•   Carl Burns  10/25
•   Julie Kligerman  10/3
•   Virginia Freschl (Levi)  8/15
•   Jean Rife  8/9
•   Cheryl Willis (Hudson)  7/20
•   Betty (B. J. ) Morrow (Manaster)  7/11
•   Mark Mehas  6/24
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
9 live in Arizona
67 live in California
6 live in Colorado
13 live in Connecticut
3 live in Delaware
11 live in District Of Columbia
13 live in Florida
11 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
28 live in Illinois
5 live in Indiana
1 lives in Iowa
7 live in Kansas
7 live in Kentucky
1 lives in Louisiana
10 live in Maine
27 live in Maryland
44 live in Massachusetts
16 live in Michigan
13 live in Minnesota
9 live in Missouri
2 live in Montana
1 lives in Nevada
6 live in New Hampshire
21 live in New Jersey
7 live in New Mexico
61 live in New York
14 live in North Carolina
57 live in Ohio
4 live in Oklahoma
30 live in Oregon
33 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
1 lives in South Carolina
4 live in Tennessee
12 live in Texas
3 live in Utah
8 live in Vermont
20 live in Virginia
22 live in Washington
3 live in West Virginia
10 live in Wisconsin
1 lives in Wyoming
2 live in Alberta
5 live in British Columbia
1 lives in Nova Scotia
5 live in Ontario
1 lives in Argentina
2 live in Australia
1 lives in Colombia
1 lives in Cyprus
2 live in France
2 live in Germany
1 lives in Ghana
1 lives in Greece
1 lives in India
1 lives in Ireland
3 live in Israel
1 lives in Japan
2 live in Mexico
1 lives in Netherlands
1 lives in Norway
1 lives in Portugal
4 live in United Kingdom
6 location unknown

MISSING CLASSMATES


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Campus updates posted on the websites of other classes:

Reunion Tentatively Rescheduled
(Michael Grzesiak, Office of Advancement, Aug. 7, 2020)

Even in the midst of uncertainty with the pandemic, we are working with your class officers and reunion committees to provide an achievable, safe and joyous 50th Reunion for the classes of 1970 and 1971. Due to the shift in the academic calendar, Commencement exercises have been tentatively scheduled for April 24, 2021, and we hope to be able to celebrate the 50th reunions that same weekend.   

Oberlin Reopens
(Class of 1971 website)

Students returned carefully to Oberlin in late August.  Students, faculty and staff have been tested for Covid-19 so that test results could be available before the start of virtual and in-person instruction on August 31st.  There will be 3 semesters with a maximum of two-thirds of the students on campus at one time. Learn about Oberlin's extensive plans and protocols for every element of campus operations at the ObieSafe website.

Alumni Assistance to Custodial Staff
(Oberlin Review, Sept. 18, 2020)

The 1833 Just Transition Fund has raised almost $150,000 in pledges to support the United Auto Workers union members who lost their jobs last spring when the College outsourced 108 custodial and dining services workers. The fund will mostly be distributed to about 44 former UAW custodians who have not found jobs that offer comparable compensation.

The fund was initially created by alumni last spring in response to the College’s announcement and to student activism in support of the UAW members.

Les Leopold, OC ’69, one of the creators of the 1833 Fund and Executive Director of the Labor Institute, says that the terms don’t make up for the lost jobs.  “Justice for working people is very important to a large group of students, faculty, and alumni. … This is our chance to try to right that wrong, and hopefully in the future Oberlin will come back to its broader economic and racial justice roots.”

 

Greetings from Oberlin!

Direct from Oberlin, we’re pleased to share greetings from your classmates Gail and Reid Wood:  

Monday 5/25 Update:  From Tom Gold

Well, we're supposed to be in Oberlin today celebrating commencement and wrapping up our 50th Reunion Weekend. Oh well. As Kurt Vonnegut memorably wrote in "Slaughterhouse Five": "so it goes." Should be our class motto.

I strongly recommend watching the commencement videos.


To view President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s state-of-the-college address, entitled “The Certainty of Oberlin,” please click here.


To view the 2020 Commencement Celebration please click here.  After 5½ minutes of video congratulations by well over 100 people, you’ll hear from the Deans and from Naeisha McClain ’20.  Then, before President Ambar confers degrees, there's an address from Board of Trustees Chair T. Chris Canavan ’84, who gives a moving shout out to our class beginning at 14:32.

I found the whole experience very moving. Next year in Oberlin; in person. Put it on your calendars. Meanwhile, keep posting updates, reminiscences, thoughts, etc. on this site.

Tom


To view the Class of 2020 Virtual Yearbook please click here.  Also, many graduates have posted video messages in a Time Capsule; please click here.

AMAM Virtual Tour now online for Class of 1970 members to view!

Recently, the Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted a virtual tour of its exhibits for members of the Class of 1970 to replace the private, in-person tour that would generally occur during Commencement Reunion Weekend. If you were not able to make the virtual event, it has been recorded for you to view at your convenience. Enjoy!

To view the tour, click here.

A Playlist of Our Times 

(Originally for our reunion dance party, but submitted for everyone's enjoyment!)

One of the events planned for our now postponed 50th Reunion Weekend was a dance party—musical retrospective of 1966-1970. The link for the playlist is attached and although the songs appear on the list in the order in which they were intended to be played— British Invasion, Motown, R&B, hippie culture etc  and ending with Ohio by CSN&Y, Give Peace a Chance, and the Beatles’ The End in remembrance of Kent State and the end of our Oberlin campus years—the playlist will play in shuffle mode. In-A-Gadda-da-Vida is a bonus track.

Thank you to Marc Krass for all his hard work in putting this list together. Enjoy it and stay safe. We look forward to enjoying this music together when we actually meet to celebrate 50+ years.

If you have a favorite that is missing please post it. The more music the better.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1eWv0zGe4t1fcTU61pri7z?si=KV7Edl47RF2jvoK7_6eOUA

Mike Rogan and Jane Katz Field

Michael Dirda '70 Publishes Op-Ed Piece in a Recent Edition of The Washington Post

What 2020 graduates can take away from the unhappy timing of this pandemic
By Michael Dirda
 
Has it really been half a century?
 
Even now, I can close my eyes and see again that beautiful May morning, 50 years ago, when the Oberlin College class of 1970 assembled for graduation in Tappan Square. We didn’t wear caps and gowns; we wore armbands. That spring, the killings at Kent State had shaken the country and many colleges and universities had stopped holding formal classes. Oberlin itself had even become “Kent in Exile.” Our speaker that day was a young Jesse Jackson and there would be power salutes and shouts of “right on!” during his talk. In Washington, the president was Richard M. Nixon, who now seems a model of probity and selflessness compared to the current occupant of the White House.
 
When I started at Oberlin, with a scholarship, a loan and a job in the school laundry, I wasn’t sure whether I’d survive my freshman year.  My first paper - for an English class - received the generous grade of D-plus. That fall, I thought seriously about dropping out and finding work at National Tube in Lorain, my nearby hometown. But my steelworker father, burdened with a bookish son whom he loved and couldn’t understand, urged me to stick it out. His advice was simple, "Just work harder than anyone else and you’ll do fine."
 
So I became what we then called a grind. I studied relentlessly, audited art history lectures, checked out classical music LPs from the conservatory library, took courses in biology, European history and the Old Testament, nearly majored in French, and finally wrote a senior thesis on the poetry of William Empson. Not least, I absorbed the Oberlin ideal of a purpose-driven life.
 
On that sunshiny May morning in 1970, I was graduating with highest honors in English, but my father never saw me receive my diploma. Jackson’s remarks, intended to arouse passions and inspire action, incensed my dad, who had no use for such rhetoric or sentiments. He had expected a classic commencement, something like the Oscars but with colorful regalia and well-scrubbed graduates. Instead, here were all these scruffy hippies and this black rabble-rouser. Had they no respect? My father stalked off and sat out the ceremony under a shade tree until my mother finally calmed him down.
 
Passions ran high in those days and, like now, it was a time of great national division, suspicion and distrust. Yet, despite the forever war that was Vietnam, despite the still recent assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, despite the mockery directed at student political activism, it was a glorious time to be young and starting out in the world. The idealism and utopianism of the ’60s and ’70s have since come under fire, but there’s no denying the zeitgeist’s indelible hopefulness, its unforgettable euphoria.
 
The future didn’t quite work out as we envisioned it, though progress, slow if unstoppable, has been made in the struggle for African American, LGBTQ and women’s rights. Now, however, after 50 years, it suddenly feels as though a new generation is taking up the fight again. The graduates of 2020, throughout this country, carry the '60s in their souls, even if they don’t know it.
 
With unhappy synchronicity, just as the Kent State shootings overturned the spring of 1970, so the coronavirus has upended all our lives. Yet during, during this time of social distancing, the pandemic has paradoxically confirmed what people should have long known:  We are citizens of an interconnected world, not just Americans, and the world needs our care.
 
This month’s graduating seniors face a shattered job market and they know times will be tough. But so are they. During their school days they have been tried in the furnace, annealed and hardened by almost daily exposure to national stupidity, callousness and hate. Our children and grandchildren rightly find it incredible that their government ignores the deterioration of our environment, dismisses the findings of our best scientists, allows the proliferation of weapons good for nothing but killing many people quickly, and continues to reward the obscenely rich while exploiting nearly everyone else. The graduates of 2020 recognize that all this must change.
 
Oberlin, like most colleges and universities, canceled this May’s commencement activities. My fellow Obies and I will need to wait another year for our 50th class reunion, when we will fib that we all still look great, then retell old stories about the heady days of our youth.  My guess is that, a half-century from now, the class of 2020, at Oberlin or elsewhere, won’t be much different - except in one regard: Its members will be living in a more just world, a world more in harmony with nature, a better world that they helped bring into being.
 
Will it happen - or am I indulging in some kind of retro '60s-style daydream? Let's just say that I trust those under 30. As Jesse Jackson might well have said back in 1970, "Keep the faith!"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/24/what-2020-graduates-can-take-away-unhappy-timing-this-pandemic/
(Link provided courtesy of the author)