NOTE, April 26, 2002
From Tom Tobey

GDA - 40th Reunion Update

O.K guys. Time's up! It is time get on the RSVP list of people coming to the 40th reunion. Andy Whittemore, our illustrious class president, has signed up. Word has it that Durf is coming from Texas. If Peter Enwistle's wife Tillie can recover from knee surgery, Peter will be coming from England.

A group of us have created a sweep committee to call everyone in the class to remind you to come. This is your reunion. You are armed with phone numbers and emails for everyone in the class. Call those guys whom you would like to see there. It is now up to you to make it the best reunion ever. Sign up on-line. Here are a few reminders about details:

You should have received registration materials by now. Since some have misplaced them, it is easy to go to and sign-up on-line. You can also go to site and there should be a link to the GDA website When you are on the gda62 site, you can see what a dozen or so classmates have done by clicking on biographies. Email your bio to Tay@ and he will post it on the web.

You will each receive a call from one of the recruiting committee: Peter Butler, Nils Bjork, Bob MacLaughlin, John Tarbell, Tom Tobey, Bill McPhee, and Tim McNally.

Room Details
Just a reminder again about rooms, Bill McPhee has reserved some rooms at the Hampshire Inn (800-932-8520). They will hold this block of rooms for a limited time, so log-on and you are all set. You can also reserve a room to stay in the dorms.

Bill McPhee prepared the following:
Hampshire Inn

Just off Exit #1 off Rt. 95 in Seabrook, NH, about 11 miles north of the Rt.95 Byfield exit and 6 miles north of the Newburyport exit.A block of 20 rooms is reserved for June 14th and 15th. 11 of the 20 are now filled, but the remaining 9 will only be held until May 14th, so it's important that people call soon. People should call the hotel directly and guarantee the room with their own credit card. They will need to identify themselves as part of the "Class of '62 Reunion" group. The hotel number is 800-932-8520 or 603-474-5700.

The details are as follows:
One-room "suite" - $103 + tax per night (1 queen bed)
Two-room "suite" - $113 + tax per night (1 queen bed)
One- or two room "suite with Jacuzzi - $123 + tax per night 1 queen bed)
There is a 2 night minimum, because that's "in-season" for that area.

Other Rooms:

The hotel has a few other rooms with more than one bed. I didn't explicitly reserve any of these, but if they're available, I'm sure the hotel would add them to our block of rooms.

Other information: We will arrange for a separate room for the continental breakfast (simple, but included in room rate) for our group. People can get more information on the hotel by going to the web site at

Who is coming?
At this point we have only received notification from twelve members who have said they will not make it to the reunion. We are hopeful that providing reminders, that you will call you roommate from senior year or email another person whom you have not seen for years. There are many who live close enough to commute. We appreciate everyone's effort.

The website ( will link you to the school site ( Look under "Who's Coming?"

Special Guests
For those who missed it before, we have confirmation that the following will also be attending the reunion : Dave Williams, Bill Sperry, Peter Friend, Val Wilkie (Head 1960-1972) and Peter Bragdon (Head 1985-2000). If there is someone else whom you would like to include in these invitees please let us know.

Class Cocktail Party
Ben and Ellen Jamison have graciously offered to host our first gathering at their home in Newburyport, Friday, June 14 at 5 pm. Watch this site for specific directions on how to get there. The class dinner will follow back on campus at the Kaiser Arts Center (formerly known as The Old Stone Garage).

Alumni/ae Art Show
If anyone has developed a penchant for art in the last forty years, you may want to consider submitting it to the Alumni/ae Art Show over the Alumni Weekend.. If you are interested, contact Michelle Orvis, Director of Annual Giving at

Entertainment and Activties
For the heartier of souls, there is a road race (about 6 miles in length) through the rolling hills of Rowley and Byfield. I participated at the 25th. The highlight for me was seeing Peter B at the finish line. For the more intellectually inclined there are a couple of lectures etc available on campus in the late morning.

Then there is lunch and a glee club concert in the new fine arts center. There will also be a memorial service to honor those who have died

A previous notice reported that Peter Machinist will present some remarks and lead a discussion on the situation in the Middle East. This will occur on Saturday afternoon.

We are also trying to lure some of the musical talent in the class out of retirement. We have contacted the William Morris Agency to see if The Three Fifths are available. What better way to honor the memory of Steve Blair

See you all in June!!!

Tom and John

Questions? Call or Email John or Tom at or