Class of 1961 gathers for 50th reunion

old photo of Class of 1961

Six members of the College of Pharmacy Class of 1961 reunited Nov. 4 over lunch at the Arizona Inn to recall old times and catch up on their current lives.

Classmates Metta Lou Henderson, Al Hernandez, Herb Meshel, Daryl Smith, Carl Stiffler and Bill Wheeler enjoyed the trip down memory lane, along with wives Ruth Hernandez and Connie Stiffler, and family members of 1961 graduate Ramon Robles, who died in 2010.

"Since the 19 of us graduated in 1961, five have passed away and one we can't locate," says Henderson, who organized the reunion. "It was great to have about half of those of us who are left  together once again.

"Many of our class lived in Polo Village when we were students, and we spent much time reminiscing about that, and many other memories. We talked about the many different career pathways we've had, too. It was a luncheon filled with laughter."

man wearing medallionDean J. Lyle Bootman and Associate Dean Ted Tong also attended the reunion lunch. Class members each received a College of Pharmacy medallion in honor of their 50th anniversary and thank you messages from Sigma Chapter of Kappa Epsilon.

In addition to attending the college's alumni reception later Nov. 4 and the tailgate tent Nov. 5, the 1961 Wildcats also cheered on the football team Saturday evening.

"We had a great block of seats with four of us sitting behind the other four," Henderson says. "The game didn't come out the way we hoped, but the entire Homecoming Friday and Saturday were very special for us. Thanks to the college for helping us with our celebration."

reunion group of 5 men and 1 woman