35th Reunion: Alumni (from left) Barbara Levy Landes, A.B. '71; Tom Hanewinkel, B.S.B.A. '71; and Gail Ellis Meltzner, A.B. '71, M.B.A. '73, enjoy the parade.

Reunion 2006

Great Times with Great

Enthusiastic alumni, family, and friends gathered on two weekends to make Reunion 2006 a great success. A record-breaking 352 alumni from the 1st, 5th, and 10th undergraduate classes celebrated during Thurtene Carnival weekend, April 21-23, and attendance for the 20th-65th Reunion classes topped 1,200 during Commencement weekend, May 18-20.

Flanking Commencement, from Reunion College on Thursday to the Reunion Gala on Saturday, alumni reunited with classmates and friends and enjoyed festivities from campus tours to faculty presentations to discussions to enrich the mind and spirit. As one alum said, "Thank you for making us feel so welcome!"

By the time all the celebrations concluded, Class Gifts totaled more than $6.6 million. The Class of 1956 won the trophy for the greatest increase in participation in the Class Gift over four years.

Watch for details on Reunion 2007 to come at

40th Reunion: Harold Ramis, A.B. '66, represents his class!     Honorary Grand Marshal of the Great Bear Parade, I. Jerome Flance, A.B. '31, M.D. '35, is escorted by Elana Charles, Arts & Sciences Class of 2008.
50th Reunion: Alumnae gather before the 50th Reunion Medallion Ceremony-- (front row, from left) Jean Williams Ehlers, A.B. '56; Clare Harding Sanford, A.B. '56; Edie Gould Brown, B.S.B.A. '56; and in back is Betty Heinrich Moenkhaus, B.S.B.A. '56.     Chancellor Wrighton presents Harold Gilbert, A.B. '46, with the Frank Bush Reunion Leadership Award for his volunteer activities. (His wife, Patricia Bailey Gilbert, A.B. '46, joined him in celebrating their 60th Reunion.)

Celebrating 10th, 5th, and 1st Reunions at
Thurtene Carnival Weekend

5th Reunion: Shiv Taylor (center), A.B. '01, and two friends celebrate with the Class of 2001.
10th & 5th Reunions: (From left) Mark Satisky, B.S.B.A. '96, and Cara Mattison, A.B. '96, 10th Reunion executive co-chairs, and Trevin Lau, A.B. '01, and Michelle Purdy, A.B. '01, M.A. '03, 5th Reunion executive co-chairs, gathered with faculty and friends at "Pitchers & Profs."

Chancellor Mark Wrighton (right) presents the "Search" Award to Murray Weidenbaum. The award is a replica of Professor Emeritus Heikki Seppä's sculpture representing the unending pursuit of truth and knowledge.

Murray Weidenbaum Receives "Search" Award

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society presented the 2006 "Search" Award, its highest honor, to Murray Weidenbaum at the Society's annual dinner on April 24.

In more than 40 years at Washington University, Weidenbaum has been recognized as a leading scholar, teacher, and mentor to students and colleagues, and he is renowned as a leading authority on the impact of government on business. He has served five presidents of the United States as an influential policy adviser and was the first chair of the Council of Economic Advisors for Ronald Reagan.

Weidenbaum came to Washington University in 1964, and in 1971 he was named the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Economics in Arts & Sciences. In 1975, he founded the Center for the Study of American Business, which he directed for most of the period from 1975-2000. In 2000 the Center was renamed the Murray Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. It is considered the preeminent American institute studying the intersection of public policy and private enterprise.

Weidenbaum continues to serve as honorary chair of the Weidenbaum Center and is chair of the board of directors of the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences (CNISS). A prolific writer, his books and monographs populate classrooms, libraries, and the bookshelves of corporate leaders and world policymakers, and his text on business and government is now in its seventh edition.