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Class of 1969 celebrates reunion

Jun 20, 2019
Class of 1969

Written by Elizabeth Shantz, one of the graduates of the Class of 1969

The BScN graduating class of 1969 came together to celebrate their 50th anniversary from May 29 - June 1. This group gets together every five years and has done so since graduation. They feel that they are unique in that they are still so connected. Twenty-two of the twenty-three remaining classmates came together from across the country - British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick and USA, New Jersey for this golden reunion.

Class of 1969 today

Photo: the class of 1969 today. Brackets indicate the person’s name at time of graduation.

Front Row - left to right:

Mary Elizabeth (VanSickle) Mitchell, Marilyn (Adamson) Hagerman, Joyce (Windus) Touw, Mary (Jones) Grant, Judy (Lumb) Skelton Green, Elizabeth Shantz, Carol Rogers,  Nancy (Howe) Hopgood

Back Row - left to right:

Gloria (Lambkin) Krupka, Marilyn (Massie) Booth, Sharon (Miller) Dore, Judy (Tibert) Morgan, Jane Bremner, Linda (Messer) Davis, Linda (Burgess) Green, Joan (Every) Johnson, Maybeth (Newcombe) Hoagland, Dianne (Hall) Clark, Janis (Williams) North, Muriel Bechtel, Janet (Seldon) Mayer

The class of 1969 with its twenty-eight members was the largest graduating class of its time. In addition to its members, Maria Rooney, later known as Sister Katrina, was also considered to be ‘one of this group’. She started with the class of 1969 but had time away to complete her religious vows and graduated several years later.

The special celebration took place in two locations. The organizers Marilynn Booth, Linda Davis, Janet Mayer, Judy Morgan, and Janis North arranged for two days together at a resort and spa in Collingwood. On the first evening, the group connected in the hospitality suite to share stories including memories about the classmates who are no longer living, look at pictures both present and past, and enjoy a delicious pick up feast prepared by the organizing committee.

The next day they took advantage of a variety of opportunities - swimming in the indoor pool, walking on nearby trails, window shopping on Collingwood’s charming main street and enjoying lunch together in a restaurant in nearby Thornbury. That evening, a delicious dinner was served in a private dining room at the resort before reconvening in the hospitality suite for more chatting, laughter and reminiscing.

After check-out the following morning, Marilynn Booth hosted a lunch at her nearby home on Georgian Bay where the group picture was taken.

Some of the group extended their celebration by travelling back to Hamilton for McMaster Alumni Day on June 1. There were fewer buildings on campus 50 years ago. The McMaster Children's Hospital–Hamilton Health Sciences did not exist. It was in only in the planning stage. The School of Nursing was housed in Hamilton Hall.

Sharon Dore, a member of the class of 1969, who is on the faculty of the School of Nursing (SON), arranged for her colleagues to visit the SON, and to hear a presentation from Dr. Janet Landeen, Associate Professor. Sharon also took those interested on a tour of the hospital.

The nursing class of 1969 see themselves as a unique, diverse, caring group of women who have remained close throughout the past 50 years and who have made contributions to nursing because of the knowledge, skills, and experiences that they gained in their program at McMaster University School of Nursing.

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