Travel Program Honors Past

"You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb."
–Sir Winston Churchill

Veterans visit Utah Beach in spring 2004: (from left) Michael Gibbons, B.S.B.A. '48, Thomas McGannon, Harold H. Schriemann, B.S. '49, Eugene M. O'Neill, B.S.B.A. '49, Kenneth A. Baker, B.S.B.A. '50, Elmer Price, J.D. '47, Paul J. Huber, B.S. '72, B.T. '75, Bob Kane, B.S. '48, B.S.B.A. '49.

We have many reasons to travel—to discover other people and cultures, to connect with history, to experience places we may have only read about. Through the Alumni Travel Program, Washington University graduates share their spirit of adventure with their families and friends in more than a dozen trips each year, many of which are led by members of the University faculty with special expertise in fields related to the tour.

In the spring of 2004, more than 50 alumni and friends traveled to Normandy, France, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Allied Invasion. The group included several veterans of World War II and their families. James W. Davis, professor of political science, led the trip.

Eugene O'Neill, B.S.B.A. '49, went with his wife, three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three of his four grandchildren. O'Neill had never participated in the Alumni Travel Program before, but he helped to organize a panel of his fellow veterans for their 50th Reunion. (The Class of 1949 was nearly double the size of earlier classes, with nearly half of the students attending on the G.I. Bill.) During the panel discussion, which was chaired by Professor Davis, the classmates shared their experiences and how much they appreciated Washington University for giving them the opportunity to get an education and get on with their lives after the war. The class received a standing ovation at Commencement that year, and they repeated the veterans-panel at their 55th Reunion in May 2004. 

"Jim Davis really added to our enjoyment of the trip," says O'Neill. "The local docents and guides were the best we'd ever had, but Jim's extensive knowledge of military history illuminated the experience and put it into perspective for all of us."

In addition to the beaches of Normandy, the group visited Rouen, Honfleur, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, and Monet's garden at Giverny, where Professor Davis' wife, Jean, co-chair of the Elizabeth Danforth Butterfly Garden Committee, provided insights that delighted the group. "It was a great trip—multi-dimensional, focused, and good family fun," says O'Neill.

Many members of the group had very personal reasons for participating. Carolyn Silverstein, A.B. '68, and her husband, Barry, M.B.A. '77, wanted to honor the memory of her father, who had died just two years before. During the war, Silverstein's father landed at Normandy, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and was awarded the Bronze Star.

"My father spoke Yiddish," she says, "and he helped with the liberation of the prison camps. Visiting Normandy was deeply meaningful to me, and it made history come alive for all of us."

The Silversteins previously had visited Europe on their own, but they found that traveling with the University tour enhanced the experience.  "We enjoyed getting to know everyone," she says, "and traveling with the group made everything much easier.  We had a wonderful time—it exceeded our expectations."

Jane Jenkins, A.B. '49, who also went on the trip, wrote a poem that seems to sum up the experience:

Ode to D Day
We became a hearty band of pilgrims as we
Trod the graves in a field of countless
Soldiers, so innocent, so brave.
The flags waved in the distance
Silent ramparts silhouetted the ocean view.
Remember us who died here
The wind whispered in our ears.
Live life to the fullest
Each day
Each month
Each year.


Career Connections Celebrates Three Years of Success
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The Web-based program puts alumni and students in touch with a national network of knowledgeable advisers. Whether you are looking for a first job, changing careers, or relocating to a new city, help and advice are just a click away. To learn more about the Career Connections program, go to Read about the program and then volunteer by heading to:


July 19-27, Ennis, Ireland

Alumni Travel 2005
Join Us This Year!
Due to popular demand, Professor James Davis and his wife, Jean, plan to lead our trip to Normandy again this year, May 9-17.

Other trips in the 2005 Alumni Travel Program include a Baltic cruise, faculty-led programs in Tuscany and Ireland, a fascinating visit to Russia, and an enlightening adventure along the route traveled by Lewis & Clark.

For complete information on all the exciting alumni trips planned for 2005, please call the Alumni Association Travel Office, (866) WUTRIPS or (314) 935-5212; e-mail:; or visit "Alumni Travel" at our Web site, Trips, faculty participation, and itineraries are subject to change.


Founders Day 2004
Alumni and friends commemorated the founding of Washington University in 1853 at the annual Founders Day Dinner on October 2 at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Guest speaker for the evening was Chris Matthews, journalist, best-selling author, and host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Distinguished alumni, faculty, and friends were honored for their achievements:

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Joyce Barnathan, A.B. '75, M.A. '76
Thomas R. Green, J.D. '58
Alphonso Jackson, J.D. '73
William J. Marshall, B.S.B.A. '70,  M.B.A. '73, Ph.D. '77
William T. Shearer, M.D. '70
Jerome J. Sincoff, B.Arch. '56
Jess Yawitz, A.B. '68, M.A. '69, Ph.D. '72

Distinguished Faculty Awards
Thomas M. DeFer, assistant professor of medicine
Nicholas Dopuch, the Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Accounting
Milorad Dudukovic, the Laura and William Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering
Beata Grant, professor of Chinese language and literature

Robert S. Brookings Awards
Lucy Lopata (Mrs. Stanley L.)
Eric Pfeiffer Newman, J.D. '35
Evelyn Edison Newman