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Scarf of Main shown above.  This original 100% red silk scarf was designed by Dyne Benner Onoue, '64, for the 40th Reunion, from her original art.  The border signifies the class ring, VC 100th Class; and the drawing of Main, where we lived as seniors, symbolizes our tradition and class spirit. 
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January 2022
Dear ’64 Classmates, 
Virtual hugs to all for the new year.  May your 2022 be a healthy and happy one!  Granted, that seems like a lot to wish for while the pandemic still rages, and we ring in the year when most of us will celebrate 80th birthdays.  But I’m optimistic that the connections we share will help give us strength to keep outsmarting the viral menace, and to stay young at heart. 
Maine Mini Canceled 
Sadly, after two years of planning, the Maine Mini-reunion is canceled.  In January 2020, we announced an exciting four-night escorted tour on the coast of Maine for that October. Then we had to put it off a year, hoping the coast would be clear (pun!) in 2021.  Now we are ”vaxxed to the max” but still face even more contagious Covid variants. 
So, we’ve disbanded our hard-working Maine Mini committee of Katherine Beil Kiefer, Estelle Miller Weedon, and Roberta Garson Leis.  Huge applause to them for working on tour arrangements for so long!  But note, each of them still expects to be at her vacation home in Maine during the week of September 18-23, 2022.  If any of you travel there on your own during that time, let them know (  Maybe a few pals can still meet for lobster rolls outdoors. 
Staying in Touch 
The Class Notes column in the Vassar Quarterly continues to keep us in touch.  Please keep your thoughts and news coming to our co-correspondents, Shirley Melis Hirsch and Gretchen Smelzer Coffman.   Thank you to Christy Hoffman Brown for two years of newsy columns before passing the pen to Gretchen. 
Your class officers and advisory council have also been keeping in touch with video calls on Zoom every other month.  It’s been a great morale booster to share coping strategies during the pandemic.  Try it, you’ll like it!  Renew your contacts with Vassar friends.   Phone calls, video calls like Zoom, Facebook, or any way of staying in touch will lift spirits.   
Our Ad Hoc Committee continues to remind AAVC leaders and Vassar Trustees to seek input from alumnae from the pre-coed ’60s.  Two of our classmates have been fulfilling that role.  Congratulations to Gail Becker, who now serves on the AAVC Alumnae/i Recognition Committee, and to Sara Moody Allen, who recently completed service on the AAVC Nominating Committee. 

Supporting Vassar 
Last year, Vassar launched an annual participation challenge called “Generation Vassar.”  The idea is to boost giving to the Vassar Fund by tapping into a competitive spirit among classes.  I‘m proud to report the classes of the Sixties responded with high participation rates and significant gifts!  Yet ’64 appeared to lag other ‘60s classes slightly.  It turns out that was just a matter of how the gifts are counted.  Generation Vassar measures only gifts to the Vassar Fund (which supports urgently needed operating expenses); our class also gave very generously in special “Restricted Gifts” (for donor-directed scholarships and other specific uses, and legacies).  All told, our stats were impressive.  Know that every dollar “counts” toward helping Vassar provide a world class education.  
Special thanks to Alice Harper for filling in temporarily for Roberta Garson Leis as our Class Fund Chair.

Click here to see an interactive view of Mark Fink's bell-ringing imagery from atop Main.

Class of 1964, Vassar College
Archive of Selected Materials

Vassar maintains archives for each class. There may, however, be materials that our classmates have that go beyond the College's institutional archive.  It is to such items that this archive is devoted. Linked files are password protected, all with the same password that is available from the Web Master or from a Class Officer.

Gail Becker suggests using your smart phone to take photos of older material and then just send them, via email, to the Web Master.
Please contribute names for captions, corrections, and so forth.  We need help to get the information correct!

Click here to see an interactive view of Mark Fink's bell-ringing imagery from atop Main.

1964 Yearbook
A Time of Transition
Class Officers
Memories:  40th Reunion
Class Officers
Memories: 45th Reunion
Class book
Memories:  50th Reunion
Class book
Distribution of Classmates by House (Dorm) as of 2014
Flyer of Architectural Tours
Creative Works Exhibition Photo Survey
Memories:  55th Reunion
Outgoing and Incoming Presidents
Group and Candid Photos
Memories:  Mini Reunions
Group and Candid Photos
All of these links went to Picasa, which no longer exists.  Thus, we no longer have access to these collections; however, we do have a number of the images that were housed in these collections (from backup and from other urls if they saw use elsewhere (as for example embedded in a Google Earth file).  If the owners still do have these collections, and wish to share them once again, that act would be much appreciated.  Then the two sets of holdings could be compared and remaining gaps filled in. In the meantime the process of retrieval from elsewhere is ongoing.  Please contact the webmaster (Sandy).
  • Alice Harper's Building Photos collection:  from Picasa, Link
  • Margie Mueller's collection:  from Picasa Dropbox, Link.
  • Lynn Thomson Scott's collections
    • From 45th reunion:  Link.
    • From Picasa Dropbox:  Link
    • From mini-reunions:  Link
Timelines:  Contemporary Campus Context
Based on much work previously available on the website of Elizabeth Daniels, '41, Vassar College Historian.
Freshman year | Sophomore year | Junior year | Senior year

Tech Fun
Find your '64 dormitory mates!  Look at a Google Earth display of the distribution of responding classmates by dormitory (no names of individuals). Link to the full-sized fixed animation; link to movie file (you control the time-spacing between successive animation frames); link to Google Earth file (drive around in the free download of Google Earth to see the full globe).  Zoom in to look at streets...find your own home!

Photos linked to this page were donated (to date) by:  Margaret Appelbaum Levine, Gail Becker, Alice Harper, Lynn Scott Thompson, Margie Mueller, Anne Youngclaus Stratton, Sandy Lach Arlinghaus.
Please feel free to donate more and let us know if you already donated and your name does not appear here (so we can add you)!

Note:  in the past, others have kindly donated photos, as well.  A number of those were housed in Picasa; when that storage 'vanished' so too did some of those photos.  There are backups; as they are found, they will be posted here.  In the meantime, feel free to donate again if you wish (after contacting the webmaster to attempt to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.

Website design and maintenance:  Sandra Lach Arlinghaus, Web Master, Class of 1964.