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Class of 1969 – 50th Reunion



General Chair

Darryl Berger
(New Orleans, LA)

Weekend Chairs

Al Hubbard
(Indianapolis, IN)

Jeanie Nelson
(Nashville, TN)

Gene Shanks
(Greenwich, CT)

Fundraising Chairs

James Harper
(Franklin, TN)

Don North
(Houston, TX)

Marsha Miller Stemmler
(Memphis, TN)

Sarratt Society Chair

Anna Jorgensen Mershon
(Atlanta, GA)

Attendance Chairs

Jim Kothe
(Charlotte, NC)

Eileen Carpenter
(Baltimore, MD)

Junith Smitherman Koon
(Atlanta, GA)

Special Events and Parties Chair

Tom Bailey
(Charlottesville, VA)

Party Coordinators

Mary Kay Walton and friends
(Nashville, TN)

Reunion Staff Contact

Katie Fayard
Director of Reunion and Classes
Class Coordinator for 1969
(615) 322-3696

Nikki Turner
Associate Director of Planned Giving
Class Coordinator for 1969
(615) 322-2174

As of 01/06/2020

Class of 1969 Reunion Events 

Thursday, October 17

5:30–8:30 p.m.
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Reception
Hosted by Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente 
Student Life Center Ballroom
Casual dress or your Commodore best! Reservations are required—be sure to indicate your attendance on your registration form. Shuttles will be available from Homewood Suites and Loews Vanderbilt, or you may valet park at the Student Life Center. Shuttle reservations are required–email or call (615) 322-6034.

Friday, October 18

9–10:30 a.m.
Quinq Brunch and Class of 1969 Induction
Hosted by Malcolm Turner, Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director
Student Life Center Ballroom
The Quinq Society’s premier event—don’t miss this chance to reconnect with friends and classmates. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Be sure to indicate your attendance when filling out your registration form. Parking: Terrace Place Garage, spaces 93–944. Take the shuttle to Student Life Center. No valet parking.

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Class of 1969 Meet the Coaches
Sarratt Cinema
The Class of 1969 alumni and their guests are invited to a special session with baseball coach Tim Corbin and women's tennis coach Geoff Macdonald to discuss their programs and Vanderbilt Athletics.

11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Commodore Classrooms 

1–2 p.m.
University Update with the Interim Chancellor
Sarratt Cinema
Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente will provide a campus update.

2:30–4 p.m.
Class of 1969 Women’s Progress Panel
Sarratt 216/220
Rory Dicker, Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
Women have advanced in countless ways since the 1960s, when the women’s movement demanded both equality and liberation for women. The panel will discuss women’s empowerment and advancement at Vanderbilt and in American society in the last 50 years.

5–7 p.m.
Greek Open Houses 

6:30–11 p.m.
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Party
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Ballroom
Includes seated dinner, drinks and dancing to the Boomerang Band
Dressy casual attire
Valet parking.
Purchase tickets to your class party and sign up for all Reunion-sponsored events—just click the “register now” button.

Saturday, October 19

10–11:15 a.m.
How Strong Inside Changed Vanderbilt and All of Us, Too
Engineering Science Building, Room 044-048
Andrew Maraniss, BA'92, Visiting Author

11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Aging and the Brain
Engineering Science Building, Room 044-048
Jeanette Norden, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emerita and Bill Petrie, BA’68, MD’72, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

1–3 p.m.
Homecoming Tailgate
Purdy Field (located in front of the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center on 25th Ave. S.)
All alumni, families and friends are invited to a casual tailgate, complete with a classic Southern buffet, wine and beer. This family-friendly gathering will include corn hole, face painting, balloon artistry and more! Parking available in West Garage (game day prices).
Adults: $30; children (6–12) $10; children 5 and under free. See map for parking and shuttle information.  

3 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game
Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers
Come cheer the ’Dores on to victory! A limited number of game tickets are available at $49 each. To order, visit Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Your tickets will be emailed to print after purchase.

8 p.m.
Class of 1969 Party featuring the Pat Patrick Tribute Band
The Thompson Nashville, 401 11th Ave. S.
Come enjoy Pat Patrick’s signature rock ‘n roll sounds played by his former band members. Dance the night away in the Gulch, a new Nashville neighborhood, minutes from campus. Open bar with sweet and salty desserts. For more information, email Tom Bailey at To R.S.V.P., please visit:

Mini Reunions help you reconnect
For more information or help planning, visit the Mini Reunions page, call (615) 936-0817 or email