Virtual Gatherings

Members of the Chaffee Class of 1960 enjoyed their virtual Reunion and engaged in conversation covering a wide range of topics. One alumna noted, “I think we just connected at a deeper level than we would have sitting around a table with a glass of wine in our hands.” 

The Loomis Class of 1966 spent time talking about careers, family, retirement, and COVID and welcomed back classmate Robert Henrikson, who has never attended a reunion on campus.

The Chaffee Class of 1970 gave its gathering a fun name — Chaffee ’70 Senior Room Zoom — and welcomed back 22 out of 30 classmates. This close-knit class met for more than two hours, with one member commenting, “Being together with all of you feels literally as if no time at all has passed.”

The Loomis Class of 1970 talked about the class scholarship, football, grandchildren, former faculty, and getting together in person sooner rather than later.

The Loomis Chaffee Class of 1971 held multiple events in celebration of its 50th Reunion. On May 11, the class hosted archivist Karen Parsons, who gave a presentation, “A School For Boys and Girls: The Loomis Institute’s Early Decades.” On June 3, members of the class celebrated the anniversary of their graduation. Read an alumna’s reflection on the class’s Virtual Reunion experience.

Members of the Class of 1981 viewed their senior slide show and reflected on what they got out of attending Loomis Chaffee.

The Class of 1985 socialized using the online platform Toucan and received an insider’s update on school happenings from Tim Struthers ’85, director of development.

The Class of 1986, which has been raising money for a fund in memory of classmate Peter Hsing that will support the Pearse Hub for Innovation (PHI), invited faculty members Scott MacClintic ’82 and Jen Solomon to talk about the PHI. Following an interactive design project in which attendees reflected on the cancellation of spring exams due to the flood of 1984, the class spent more than an hour catching up with old friends.

The Class of 1991 played trivia and welcomed a classmate calling from Russia (at 12:30 a.m. her time).

The Class of 1996 held a wine-tasting hour with a wine expert followed by an online trivia contest. Congratulations to Wallace Reid ’96, who had the highest score.

The Class of 2001 invited faculty members Ed and Molly Pond to give alumni an update on the past year at Loomis, and then classmates John Saunders, Neville Bowers, Jessica Paindiris, Kate Noonan, Nitin Sacheti, and Nana Mensah spoke about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, art collecting, parenting, secular changes in the market, and the entertainment industry, respectively.

The Class of 2011 held an interactive trivia competition, emceed by classmate Dru Sanders, featuring 25 questions about pop culture/current events during the class’s time at Loomis (2007–2011). Class members Julia Russell (first place), Justin Zheng (second place), and Fred McNulty (third place) received LC swag as prizes.

The Alumni/Development Office thanks all the Reunion volunteers who helped to plan their respective class gatherings and promote this year’s Reunion. The school looks forward to hosting an on-campus Reunion Weekend in June 2022. That celebration will include all classes ending in 2s, 7s, 1s, 6s, 0s, and 5s.

Check out the webinar recordings, slideshows, a tour of campus with Associate Head of School for External Relations Nat Follansbee, and more on the Virtual Reunion webpage.