Welcome to the Smith College Class of 1958 website

Recognition of the Class of 1958

From Samantha Pleasant re the new Neilson Library:  We plan to recognize donors of $100,000 or more on a community wall when you enter the building from Seelye Lawn. Collectively, your class has reached this threshold!  Our team reviewed giving by class, excluding those exceptional individual gifts receiving their own naming opportunities in the space. The Class of 1958 contributed over $101,000 via the Smith Fund’s Resourceful Smith designation and other project funds. It is our pleasure to add “The Class of 1958” to the donor wall. 

You can watch a video of the construction progress from the end of October 2020 here. Now, just two months later, workers are already beginning to move furnishings into the space. I hope that when we are next able to welcome you to campus, you will visit the new Neilson and take great pride in what we have accomplished together. 

60th Reunion:  May 24-27, 2018

Our Time!  May 24-27, 2018 was a weekend of wisdom, wit, and laughter as we celebrated our 60-year journey of fellowship, challenge, and growth.  Fifty-one classmates gathered to enjoy old friendships and establish new ones. Thanks to Mims Shea Placke and Audrey Riven Wolf who were the co-chairs.  Special  congratulations to Rosie Converse Morgan, Judy Olin Higgins, and Esther Chute Williams who served as class fund agent and special gifts chairs.  Our 5-year comprehensive amount of $13,529, 698 broke the standing record by $2,535,000! For the year 2018, the comprehensive amount was $1,311,301 with a fantastic 61% participation. Thank you generous classmates!  We were housed in Northrop and Gillett:  the parking was easy, the food was good, the programs were interesting and worthwhile, events were nearby or the shuttles took us everywhere. We were well looked after, the weather cooperated, and we had fun!
Click here for photos of the great weekend. 

Class news.  Our class secretaries often receive so many responses to their requests for news and comments for the  Alumnae Quarterly that not all material can be included in the print edition.  Click here to read complete comments.

As the coronavirus pandemic has impacted all our lives, let’s share our comments and thoughts.  Send to me 2legato@comcast.net and I will post in “You said it!”

Several classmates have commented on the general upbeat tone of the submissions, both to the AQ and to the website.  Generally we think positively, but we may be approaching a time when it would be helpful to read of, and learn from, accounts of unfortunate events:  death, long-term illness, dementia of self or partner, issues for children and grandchildren, boredom with retirement.  Frank discussions are welcome!

Classmates would like to read your news on the website.  We have a message board, “You said it!” and a news page, “News of the class” where you can post your comments, thoughts, questions etc.  Send comments, photos, and information you wish posted to 2legato@comcast.net

The Alumnae Quarterly for Winter 2017-2018 featured a long article on Lila Wilde Berle and her efforts to preserve and protect the Berkshires.  There are numerous photos and comments from Lila;  she also graces the cover of the magazine with some of her hundreds of sheep. 

Several of our classmates have participated in the Alumnae Oral History project.  Read their comments at http://smith.edu/libraries/libs/archives/collections/alumoralhistory/1950-1959

 

Revised_Smith58_155th for ’58! How we celebrated!
May 2013

Marlene Futterman and Mims Shea Placke chaired a great Reunion. Click here for news and photos from our 55th Reunion.

“Now we start, sailing over the years again…”

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