50th Reunion Statistics and Credits
Most of us received the following email from Marv on July 1st.
I've included it here for those who did not receive the email
and to reflect on what a terrific reunion it was.
There are links on the 50th Reunion
Page to many of these events for you to browse and enjoy the photo memories and
For those of you who were able to join with us at our 50th Reunion, my
personal assessment is that the Reunion was a resounding success. And this
was because you made it so. Each of you came expecting to have a good time,
and you all did!! In total, 109 of our classmates joined together (58 from
the mainland, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Saipan; and 51 of our 81 Hawaii
residents). In addition, spouses/guests increased the count to 192 who were
at the President's reception prior to the Luau. This was probably the most
well attended reunion since our graduating class gathered at the June 1955
All of the events went off like fire crackers, and I have the event chairmen
to thank for all of their efforts to provide us with the best yet:
- Cynnie Marks Salley, Kona events chair (46 full 4-days
participants & 70 McCandless Ranch Tour participants);
- Mary Flanders Philpotts-McGrath & Bruss Keppeler, Washington
Place/Hawaii State Arts Foundation co-chair (55 participants);
- Sam & Mary Moragne ('54) Cooke, Chinese Banquet co-chairs (132
- Marv Devereux, Shangri-La Tour chair (75 participants);
- Trudie MacNaughton Taylor & Dave Taylor, "Class Act"
cocktails/buffet co-chairs (140 guests);
- Mary Flanders Philpotts-McGrath & John McGrath, "Kanikapila"
co-chairs (123 guests);
- Mary Flanders Philpotts-McGrath, Class Picnic chair & Kahu Tom
Van Culin, Class Memorial Service chair (133 participants).
Others who pulled the reunion together for us who deserve special thanks
- Richard & Marilyn Waddoups who together designed and
coordinated all orders for our name badges and souvenir commemorative
medallions and coins;
- Roy Shimamoto who coordinated with the Alumni Office for our
all important Punahou Bus shuttles between campus and the Cooke's residence
for the Chinese Banquet, between Waikiki and the MacNaughton estate as a
convenience to Waikiki guests for our Class Act banquet, and the Punahou Bus
service for us "handicaps" or slow pokes from following our class photo from
Dillingham Hall to President Jim Scott's home and down to the Luau site;
- Alan & Pat Westfall Sanborn for coordinating reunion mailings (including
stuffing/sealing envelopes) with the Alumni Office and with the help of
Bev Wilbert Derrickson (they now have sticky tongues);
- Bev Wilbert Derrickson, Pat "Moana" Smythe Burch, and Betsy Paoa
Cullen, our Hawaii Telephone Blitz Committee . . . through their
encouragement some came who otherwise would not have;
- Phil Sevier for serving as our travel agent, assisting those who
requested air/hotel/car arrangements;
- Jim Walker & Gilbert Chun, co-chairs of our Class
Gift committee. Other committee members included: Leora Goto Hirose,
Nalani Olds, Belle Klebahn Redfield.
Other Reunion committee members, without whose added input, muscle and
support we could not have functioned, include:
- Kimo Austin, Dwight Jackson, Blake Johnson, Chuck Pierson & Sharon
- I hope I didn't leave anyone out!!!
Special thanks to Larry and JoAnn Turner Westhaver who gifted all of us with
a CD of photos taken at our 45th reunion . . . wonderful memories to reflect
It was a delight to once again visit with as many of you as I could at the
reunion. My joy was standing back and watching all of the wonderful
interaction. Your smiles, chatter and body language said it all: "THE
REUNION WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!"
Aloha for now.....Marv D.
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