Blair graduates representing eight decades registered to attend Alumni Weekend, and plans were in place for an exciting three-day event. From Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9, returning alumni had the opportunity to take part in parties, athletic events, master classes and much more as they connected with classmates, friends and faculty. Favorite memories were certainly re-lived and new memories created as the Blair family came together on campus.
“We were looking forward to welcoming alumni and their families back to Blair for a truly enjoyable weekend,” said Director of Alumni Relations Shaunna Murphy. “Many wonderful activities were planned, and each one gave alums the chance to spend time with old and new friends. Whether you were celebrating your 50th, 5th or any other reunion, it promised to be a very special weekend on campus.”
Alumni Weekend got underway on Friday with a luncheon for the Old Guard (those celebrating their 50th reunion and older), and activities for alumni of all ages continued throughout the afternoon. Returning athletes took part in the Blair Cup Golf Scramble, a 5K run, a guided hike through the Siegel Property or a tour of the golf training center, while those interested in academics chose to attend a master class in English, science, history or maker space, all led by a Blair faculty members.
Friday evening highlights included the class of 1969’s 50th Reunion Dinner, which took place in the Romano Dining Hall, and the All-Alumni Welcome Back Party, an under-the-tent event on Hardwick Lawn. Six alumni provided beverages and catering for the Welcome Back Party: Marianne Lieberman ’79 (Maple Springs Vineyard), Tom Kehoe ’83 (Yards Brewing Company), Mark McLean ’98 (Remarkable Cuisine, LLC), Emily Downs ’02 (Emily’s Hearth), Shaun Mehtani ’02 (Mehndi) and Matt Gallira ’08 (Big Mozz, Inc.). A 9 p.m. fireworks display rounded out the evening and set the stage for even more excitement the following day.
Saturday’s schedule was packed with events from morning until night. Many alumni attended the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony honoring Gerald Knapp ’54, Anne Cramer ’75, Melissa (Paul) Erne ’96, Royal Ivey ’00 and Dion Lewis ’09. A crowd also gathered at the dedication of the plaque honoring Blair’s world record marathon swim of 1971 and record-holders David Borow ’72, John Greer ’74, Andrew “Scott” MacLean ’74 and Todd Ruppert ’74.
To watch the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please click below:
Art aficionados delighted in the special Society of Skeptics presentation in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre featuring John Ahearn ’69 and Charlie Ahearn ’69. The twin artists presented a 50th reunion talk on their New York City street sculptures and movies, and this event marked first time in their successful 40-year careers that they appeared on stage together.
To watch the Society of Skeptics video, please click below:
Meanwhile, alumni softball and lacrosse games, led by Carolyn Conforti-Browse ’79 and Teddy Wenner ’96, respectively, and a rail trail bike tour led by Carl Cramer ’72, took place on Saturday afternoon. Traditional favorites, including the alumni parade, Head of School assembly, family picnic lunch and evening dinner dance, provided even more opportunities for alumni to mix and mingle.
Throughout the weekend, the School honored the life and legacy of Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus John C. Bogle ’47, who died in January at the age of 89. His great love of Blair Academy and his illustrious career as founder of The Vanguard Group was showcased in a special exhibit in Timken Library, and Mr. Bogle was among the many alumni remembered at the annual memorial service on Friday evening.
With something for everyone, Blair’s 2019 Alumni Weekend promised to be one of the best yet. We were excited to see many Bucs back on campus!
To watch the Head of School Assembly & Awards Presentation, please click below: