25th and 50th Reunion Classes Celebrate Milestones and Memories
A longstanding Purdue Veterinary Medicine tradition
of recognizing alumni celebrating class anniversaries
continued this year with the Meet Me the Mixer
reception during the Purdue Veterinary Conference.
The annual event held at the Purdue Memorial Union
North Ballroom attracted an enthusiastic crowd of
alumni, faculty, staff and students. Dean Willie Reed
announced each class anniversary year and paid special
tribute to the 25th and 50th reunion classes.
When members of the Silver Anniversary Class, the
Class of 1990, were recognized, three class members
joined Dean Reed on stage to announce the creation of
a memorial scholarship. The fund is being established
in memory of Robert Scott Cooper, who died while in
veterinary school in 1987, and Dr. Amy Renner, who
passed away in 2008.
Then, members of the 50th Anniversary Class, the
Class of 1965, each were introduced by Dean Reed who
presented them with a special 50th Class Anniversary
medallion from the Purdue Veterinary Alumni
Association as they came onto the stage. The Class of
’65 alumni also participated in a special tour of Lynn
Hall on Friday morning, September 11, when they
donned white coats for a nostalgic stroll through some
of the same hallways they traversed as students in
the early 1960s. The special activities for the Class of
’65 concluded Friday evening with a reunion dinner
at the Beck Agricultural Center, located on the site of
Purdue’s Agronomy Center for Research and Education.
Dean Willie Reed joins 25th Reunion Class representatives (left-right) Raj Singh,
Lucia Lemmer and Charles Vite who took the stage for an announcement about the
Class of 1990’s establishment of a memorial scholarship fund.
Dean Willie Reed joins in with members of the 50th Anniversary Class who put on white coats for a nostalgic tour of Lynn Hall.
50th Anniversary Class member Gordon Lawler (right) greets former Purdue
Veterinary Medicine faculty member Robert Lewis at the Class of 1965 Golden
Anniversary dinner Friday, September 11.