Mount Holyoke Class of 1971


MHC Class of 1971  45th Reunion May 20-22, 2016
Our 45th was a great success!  Please
see the 45th Class History and 45th Photos links at left.

THANKS to the classmates who made our great reunion happen:
Carol Cramer Mills
- Reunion Chair
Beth Grosvenor Boland - Reunion co-chair and head of Welcome Committee
Lisa Dake Oberreuter - Head of Friday dinner committee
Emily Young - Moderator for Friday evening discussion
Virginia "Spicey" Kerr - Head of Saturday reception
Judy Katzenelson Brownstein - Head of Saturday evening travel discussion
Ann Hurd - Survey set up and tabulation of results

CONGRATULATIONS to the four class recipients of "The Loyalty Award:"
Jane Pollard Mayo
Carol Cramer Mills
Phoebe Zablow McBee
Susan Laredo Thompson

The alum association noted this is the first time four members of the same class were receiving the award.

THANKS to all who donated to the college, and special thanks to Head Class Agent, Marcy Wilkov Waterman.  1971 won one of the beautiful bowls of flowers during the Alumnae Association Meeting!

NEW CLASS OFFICERS for 2017 - 2021

Class President                           Liz Berens
Vice President                             Meg Gere Harris
Treasurer                                    Ann Hurd
Webmaster                                 Kathy Bendo
Class Scribe                                Margie Ware
50th Reunion Chair                     Carol Cramer Mills
Nominating Committee Chair      Judy Katzenelson
Nominating Committee               Alice Capson
                                                   Bethany Holley Craig

February 2016
Message from Reunion Chair, Carol Cramer Mills:

Greetings, Classmates!
Our reunion is May 20-22, 2016, only a few months away. You will receive other letters regarding the class survey and reunion registration details in the next few weeks. This letter is to encourage you to complete a Class 1971 Reunion Booklet page, whether or not you plan to attend reunion. We hear from many of you that reading comments from classmates and seeing photos is one of your favorite parts of reunion. Included with this letter is a blank Class 1971, 45th Booklet page (see 45th Reunion link at left for the booklet page). This page may be completed (deadline of April 15, 2016) and:

Sent to me via email in either Word or PDF format:

Or regular mail:
Carol Cramer Mills
83 Walker Street
Falmouth, MA 02540

Below is a short update on our reunion plans (see 45th Reunion Schedule link at left for a full schedule of events). The reunion planning group, noted below, is in need of assistance – set-up, clean-up, taking a turn at the welcome/reception table, etc.

Friday, May 20, 2016
Starting around 10 am and continuing through the afternoon - Seminars and Tours (all alum events)
Pre-dinner Social Hour in the Kendade Atrium (all alum event)
Class 1971 Buffet Dinner and after dinner social time in Mead Hall
Friday evening Discussion – What We Can Learn From One Another Friday evening Game Night and Social in Mead Hall (Bridge, Poker, Mahjong, Chess, etc.)
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10 a.m., Parade, Alum Assoc Meeting, All Alum Lunch, Class Photo, Free time to walk around campus
Meeting of the Class 1971 in Mead Hall
Social Hour in Mead Hall, both before and after dinner
Class 1971 Dinner in Willits
Saturday evening Discussion – Challenges and Opportunities of Traveling
Saturday evening Party including Oldies Music (and Game Night continued) in Mead Hall.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Breakfast in Abbey Buckland
Free time to walk around campus

Reunion volunteers and class officers:
Beth Grosvenor Boland, reunion co-chair, welcome committee, and class historian; Margie Johnson Ware, welcome committee; Lisa Dake Oberreuter, Friday dinner and after dinner social chair; Emily Young, Friday evening discussion moderator; Carol Cramer Mills, reunion chair, Sat dinner and social chair; Judy Katzenelson Brownstein, Saturday evening discussion moderator; Ann Hurd, Class Survey and Nominating Committee; Joanne Hiratsuka Petersen, nametags and dorm room assignments; Sarah Jane Hughes, Nominating Committee; Marcy Wilkov Waterman, Head Class Agent; Liz Berens, class president; Meg Gere Harris, class vice president; Alice Capson, class scribe; Kathy Bendo, class secretary and website; and Mary Corbitt Clark, class treasurer.

Let us know if you’d like to help with any of the above reunion activities – and of course, you can volunteer when you arrive at reunion. PLEASE complete the Booklet page no later than April 15, 2016; all of us want you to be included in our 45th Reunion Booklet.

Carol Cramer Mills
Reunion Chair, Class of 1971

Winter 2016
Message from our Reunion Chair, Carol Cramer Mills:

Greetings, Classmates!
Our reunion is May 20-22, 2016, only a few months away, and we hope those of you who are still undecided will join us for a terrific experience. Here are some of the compelling reasons to come:

- See classmates you have not seen since our last reunion or since college days.
- Enjoy the Mount Holyoke College campus in the splendor of spring! Walk around campus and explore the buildings, both new and renovated since our graduation.
- Meet current students and faculty and see what’s new on campus.

We are staying in the renovated Mead Hall dormitory, right in the center of campus with plans for a lovely Saturday Class Dinner at Willits. We are planning a variety of activities: Group discussions, Game Night, and a panel on Travel, but the most important part of Reunion is YOU. Contact a friend and make plans today!

Go to for registration and up-to-date reunion information. There you will be able to register online, send a classmate an e-card, check out the photos from previous reunions, see video from last reunion, and much more.

Parade - Remember your white outfit for the parade (dress, skirt, slacks, or shorts). Also, be sure to march in the parade! We have yellow shawl/scarves and small duffle bags for everyone.
Back-to-Class - If you are arriving in time for the Back-to-Class program on Friday, plan to attend a class or two. This program has become one of the most popular programs of the weekend, and this year’s class assortment is the best yet!
Make your reunion gift - Each reunion class gives a special gift to the College's Mount Holyoke Fund. Our hardworking gift team is hoping our class wins a prize this year. Make your gift today:
413-538-2201Refund policy - A full refund will be issued provided notification is made by email to Luisa Tavares ( or phoned into by April 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST; this applies to entire registration and/or partial cancellation of meals, on-campus housing and/or guest fee. Cancellations or changes to your registration which include meals, overnight accommodations on campus and registration fees are non-refundable after April 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST. By this date we have given firm commitments and guarantees to off-campus vendors and other partners in your name that generate nonrefundable expenses to the Alumnae Association.

Call a Friend or Two - A call from you may be all they need! You can search for your classmates’ contact information with the “Alumna Search” feature on the Alumnae Association’s website:

Attached is a Tentative Schedule (see 45th Reunion Schedule link at left) for Class 1971 Reunion activities. And remember — come as you are! Make plans to join us May 20-22. Our reunion will not be the same without you!

Carol Cramer Mills
Reunion Chair
Class of 1971

October 2015
Message from our Reunion Chair, Carol Cramer Mills:

Dear Classmates,

May 20-22, 2016, is our forty-fifth Mount Holyoke Reunion! We are certain that it will be a wonderful chance to reconnect and celebrate. The campus has grown and changed since we graduated, yet it continues to be beautiful. Come and see for yourself, and experience how the College is educating women and transforming lives in ways that would make Mary Lyon proud.

Our reunion committee has been hard at work, committed to bringing you a fun and affordable weekend. We’re looking for program suggestions and volunteers for tasks before and during reunion.  We need volunteers to work on welcome-hospitality, the booklet, evening receptions, and signs for the parade. Email for more information about how you can participate.  We want to know what you’d enjoy, so please give us your input:

* If you are on Facebook, join our class Facebook group: MHC Class of 1971
* Volunteer to help at reunion, email:
* Send news to our scribe, Alice Capson:
* Send names for future class officers to the nominating committee, Judith Katzenelson Brownstein, Sarah Jane Hughes, and Ann Hurd:,

Our Head Class Agent, Marcy Wilkov Waterman, tells me that our Reunion Gift goal is $200,000 and we’re aiming for 55% participation as we start getting ready for our fiftieth.  Your contribution in any amount makes a difference, especially since the college is rated for alumnae support by U.S. News & World Report.  Some classmates have pledged an automatic monthly donation of as little as $10 and they say it is a painless way to support our alma mater.  Please start thinking about how you can contribute.

The Alumnae Association advises us that attending Reunion normally costs about $350 for the entire weekend or $250 for Saturday only. We are very conscious of budget crunches and want to make attendance possible for all. In order to avoid delays when registration for Reunion opens in March, update your email with the Alumnae Association at the Directory. You can request your password from if you’ve forgotten it. Last, for up-to-date information on Reunion, bookmark the Alumnae Association reunion site. The schedule of events will be posted here as it becomes available.

We are privileged to have had the benefits of our Mount Holyoke experience and hope to see you at Reunion, May 20-22, 2016.  Let’s make this Reunion the best yet!


Carol Cramer Mills
Reunion Chair

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