In Pursuit of Excellence

Dartmouth College Recognizes with Deep Appreciation the Extraordinary Achievements of the


2016 Donald C. Smith ’53 Award
in Recognition of an Outstanding Mini-Reunion Program

The Mini-Reunion Chairs Association is comprised of all class mini-reunion chairs – a group of individuals spanning seven decades and the globe – who are selected by their classmates and generously volunteer their time building and maintaining the bond between their classmates and the College. Mini-Reunions are integral to providing Dartmouth alumni with opportunities for classmates and friends to gather, reflect, and generate enthusiasm.

Mini-reunion chairs foster classmate connections by building upon the legendary ties that Dartmouth alumni feel toward their alma mater. The mini-reunion program, in turn, encourages alumni to both return to campus for major events such as Homecoming and Reunion and to provide critical – and generous – financial support to the many classes following in their footsteps.

Members of the Class of 1963 turned 75 in 2016 and show no signs of slowing down. In the past 12 months they have woven together a rich tapestry of gatherings that prove the Dartmouth connection is truly timeless. Attracting more than 400 classmates and guests to 21 mini-reunions, the Class of 1963 set the standard this year. The attendance and number of mini-reunions represent a significant increase over the past four years, all made possible by outstanding class leadership.

Classmates attended 10 football games, three golf outings, and three baseball games in 10 states, Washington, D.C., and western Canada. Furthermore, the Class of 1963 hosted multi-day outings such as its mini-reunions at the Trapp Family Lodge, a fishing expedition, Tanglewood on Parade, and a Florida Social.

The Class of 1963 has developed a mini-reunion program of which to be proud. Congratulations on a highly successful year!