01 Dec 1997
Fall Reunions Stimulate and RevitalizeTopics:
"Wherever the action is, you find our alumni," said HBS Dean Kim B. Clark during a rousing opening address to this fall's reunion classes on September 26 in Burden Auditorium. Speaking to the MBA Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, and 1972, Clark talked about the enduring tradition of training business leaders that has been the hallmark of HBS, as well as new initiatives in globalization, information technology, and entrepreneurship that demonstrate the School's commitment to innovation.
Arthur D. Weiss (MBA 1972) and daughter Ali enjoy lunch under the tent.
Kenneth P. Morse (MBA 1972) reviews the 25th Reunion program with classmates.
Gerald H. Dorman (MBA 1957) presents the results of a class survey.
Professor F. Warren McFarlan talks with James B. Keegan (MBA 1967), 30th Reunion chairman.
Alumni and guests attend a session on the Internet in the School's new Research and Technology Lab.
Members of the African American Alumni Association gather for a reception in Gallatin.
Alan J. Strassman (MBA 1962), 35th Reunion chairman, welcomes classmates and their guests.
Valerie and John E. McConnaughy (MBA 1952) chat with 45th Reunion chairman George P. Little (MBA 1952).
Clark's remarks set the stage for a reunion gathering that was informative and lively, with some 1,265 alumni and guests returning to HBS on a sunny weekend for classes, panel discussions, and social activities. HBSAA president Charles F. "Monty" Milner, Jr. (MBA '65) and HBS Fund chairman Thomas C. Theobald (MBA '60) also addressed their fellow alumni. Milner commented on the success of the School's new lifelong e-mail forwarding system, which currently boasts nearly 15,000 active addresses. Theobald noted the generous pledges made by HBS alumni, including the new record set by the Class of 1962 for 35th Reunion giving.
In addition to attending panels such as "Managing Marketspace Interfaces on the Internet and Beyond," "Social Entrepreneurs in Action," and "The Power of Predictability in Creating Your Future," reunion classes also got a chance to spend time together at several local cultural sites, including the Boston Ballet, the John F. Kennedy Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. The Class of 1972 held a celebration at International Place, thanks to 25th Reunion chairman Donald J. Chiofaro; a highlight of their gathering was a performance by Mary Wilson, a former member of the Motown singing group the Supremes. As they do every fall, alumni left with renewed bonds to one another and strengthened ties to the School.