Blessed with the backdrop of gorgeous spring weather, Alumni Weekend 2012 was held on May 18 and 19 on campus and in various locales around Concord and Boston. Nearly 500 alumni and guests took part in some portion of the weekend and all came away impressed with the School and happy to spend time with old friends.
The festivities began with a Gilbert and Sullivan Revue featuring performances by current students and faculty. Led by choral director Pierson Wetzel, this performance evoked many memories of past G and S shows led by Arthur Motter Lamb. Alumni then dispersed to class dinners in various locations. The Old Guard Dinner for classes older than the 50th Reunion again drew a lively crowd and has quickly become a terrific addition to the Alumni Weekend schedule. The Class of 1962 held its 50th Reunion dinner at the Head of School’s House. During that event, C. Kevin Landry ’62 P’88’89’94 was presented with this year’s Henry Cabot Lodge Distinguished Alumni Award from the Middlesex Alumni Association.
Saturday’s on campus activities kicked off with a moving Alumni Memorial Service in Memorial Chapel in Lambert Hall, where deceased members of each reunion class were remembered. Head of School Kathy Giles and Board of Trustees President Pete Olney ’66 P’00’00 then held a State of School update for alumni before five new inductees were welcomed into the Middlesex Athletic Hall of Fame. Former baseball coach Wendell Raymond, Jim Oates ’65, Jen Landry Le ’94, Rob Cotter ’02, and Allison Kaveney Farkes ’02 were all honored.
Following a break for lunch and some time for watching current teams battle on the field, a reception was held in the Wood Theatre Gallery for this year’s Alumni Association Alumni Art Show. This year’s show was a very special one, as it featured the work of Loring Coleman ’38, a distinguished artist and former member of the Middlesex faculty. The featured works were loaned by alumni and institutions in the area and Loring was present to visit with alumni and guests. The reception featured a gallery talk with Loring, Henry Adams ’67, a professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University, and Hugh Fortmiller, who worked on Loring’s autobiography which was released last fall. It was a wonderful celebration of Loring’s life and work and he told many wonderful stories during the discussion.
Prior to convening in the tent for the annual Alumni Weekend clambake, a group of alumni gathered at the Head of School’s home for a multicultural alumni reception. Freddie Pantoja ’85, a member of the Middlesex Alumni Association Board of Directors, introduced Frany Diaz ’12, whom he had met when he hosted Frany when she shadowed him at his job at Pfizer over spring break in March. Frany described the richness of her Middlesex experience and she learned to value the differences between students at the School.
The weekend ended with a delicious clambake from Woodman’s of Essex. Alumni from the 60th to the 5th Reunion hit the dance floor and celebrated with one another. The event allowed alumni to reconnect with old friends while also having the opportunity to establish new relationships with those who have the shared Middlesex experience in common. Please mark your calendars for May 10 and 11, 2013 when we will do it all over again! Over 200 photos are available for your viewing pleasure on Flickr. Alumni Weekend 2012; Set 1 and Alumni Weekend 2012; Set 2 and some candids sent in by a member of the Class of 1962 who captured much of their 50th Reunion. Perhaps you have a photo or two that you'd like to share? Send it along to us at firstname.lastname@example.org