Class of 1972

Stephen Parahus '84 at Alumni Summer College 2012

July 24, 2012

Alumni Summer College 2012 Is Feast for Lifelong Learners

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Alumni and friends returned to campus July 19-22 for the third annual Alumni Summer College. Some were back for the second and third time, citing the camaraderie and intellectual focus as the drawing forces. “This was fertilizer for the brain,” says Mark Goldstone ’81. “I especially loved the creative writing, the film study, and Russian [...]

Susan Swett, CHHS Dean

July 13, 2012

Susan Swett ’72 Provides Small-College Touch at George Mason

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By Kate Helm As assistant dean for student affairs in George Mason’s College of Health and Human Services, Susan Swett ’72 strives to recreate aspects of the small-college experience that was so important to her at Lafayette. “Although the small liberal arts experience cannot be replicated at a large university,” she says, “I remember how [...]

closeup of 40th Anniversary of Coeducation Commemorative Quilt

May 9, 2011

First Women of Lafayette Reunion Stirs Reflection and Pride

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Forty years ago, in September 1970, Lafayette College welcomed its first official coeducational class with 146 women. About 30 members of that pioneering group from the Classes of 1972, 1973, and 1974 returned to campus April 29 for the inaugural First Women of Lafayette Reunion. “Lafayette has always been special to me and, while I [...]

Shirley Blackall '72

August 6, 2010

Shirley Blackall ’72 Celebrates 25 Years of Masterpiece Dolls Creations

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In 1985, Shirley Merk Blackall ’72 founded Blackall Associates Incorporated/ Masterpiece Dolls of Providence, R. I., to develop her own doll creations. Now celebrating its 25th year, the company introduces new dolls every three months through its web site, www.masterpiecedolls.com. Blackall created her first line of dolls in 1978 at the Gorham Company, where she [...]

Lafayette College

August 12, 2009

On the Record With Successful Risk Taker

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Henry Dubroff ’72 writes about leaving a secure job to found a business journal and other career adventures I graduated from Lafayette in 1972, amid the social upheaval and political turmoil of the Baby Boom generation’s coming of age. I never had much of a plan for my career. But, I’ve always been able to [...]

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May 11, 2009

Jay Mattola ’72 Provides Insights in Wall Street Journal

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Jay Mottola ’72, former Alumni Association president, was quoted by The Wall Street Journal in an article on how golf clubs are coping with losses in membership and revenue caused by the recession. An excerpt: Keeping membership pipelines full is always the best defense, said Jay Mottola, executive director of the MGA [Metropolitan Golf Association] [...]

Lafayette College

July 18, 2007

Summer Panel Series Tells History of Biology Department

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Project shares legacy of accomplishments by previous biology students and faculty During the first part of the 20th century, the “Batman” was a real person whom generations of Lafayette students had seen making his rounds on campus. Except his trusty companion was never a masked Robin, but a small brown and black dachshund, and his [...]