1977 - 40th Reunion (June 1-4, 2017)


Dear Classmates and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly four decades since we graduated from Yale.  Let’s celebrate that milestone at our 40th Reunion from June 1 - 4, 2017, when Branford College will serve as our reunion headquarters.

We hope that you will come to the reunion with a spirit of nostalgia, but more importantly for the opportunity to share with old and new friends in the present. We see your participation and involvement as the key to a successful and memorable event.

Your Reunion Chairs and committee members are already hard at work preparing for the weekend’s activities.  Among the events being planned are the following:

  • An informal Friday night dinner, followed once again by the Class of 1977 “All Stars” who will be filling the night with music and laughter. You can enjoy Bob Lamothe, Laura Teller, East River Consort, Oscar Hills and more.
  • A stimulating and spirited array of panel discussions by classmates that will afford the opportunity to imagine our fast-changing future together.  In Life 2.0 we will navigate together how to seize the opportunities and conquer the challenges before us so we can continue to shape positively our personal and collective future.
  • A Saturday night Class Dinner (with extremely limited speeches and a performance by the 1977 Whiffenpoofs), followed by dancing to our favorite tunes from the 70s.
  • Many AYA-sponsored activities, tours, and lectures.

Watch for more details and highlights by email and on our class Facebook page (Yale Class of 1977), where you may also post nostalgic anecdotes and photos.

So get in the reunion spirit and help us ensure another great reunion by helping in five ways:

1) Please update your contact information on the AYA Online Alumni Directory, at www.aya.yale.edu/oad. Even if you think it’s correct, review it just in case.

2) Let us know that you’re planning to attend at www.aya.yale.edu/reunions. A detailed registration packet will be sent at a later date. Don’t let cost prevent you from coming; we will be offering financial aid on a confidential basis.

3) Our reunion headquarters will be in beautiful, centrally located Branford College. The features and amenities on-campus are basic and are priced accordingly. However, if you prefer the amenities of a hotel, currently the downtown New Haven hotel blocks are all full, but rooms will open up in the spring.  You can also explore staying in one of the many other hotels in the greater New Haven area.  For a list of local hotels visit http://visitorcenter.yale.edu/lodging.  

4) Help us spread the word by reaching out to your Yale friends by phone, mail, email, text message, and social media, all those possibilities we couldn’t even imagine in 1977. Tell friends you’re coming and persuade them to do the same! And we can always use folks to help whip up attendance more systematically; contact Jeffrey Cooper at  jcooper@rltlawfirm.com.

5) Let us know if you’re interested in helping to plan panels, organize a showcase for class members to show off the fruits of their labors in the post-college era (e.g., books, artwork, music, inventions and anything else which logistics will allow), produce a class yearbook, or develop another reunion activity.

Our 40th Reunion is all about rekindling and refreshing treasured friendships, resuming dining hall debates, and remembering why time and change shall naught avail to break the friendships formed at Yale. Hey, that’s pretty catchy. Someone should set it to music.

Judy (Becker) Bryant             Roy Cosme               Erica (Glube) Kolatch             

                         Amy Oshinsky                          Ellen (Levy) Ryan

                                              Reunion Co-Chairs