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47 at the Gardens


When Janet Dill Riser ’46 graduated from Pomona, she and her husband (a graduate of CMC) began their lives beyond the College gates. A series of company moves uprooted the Risers several times, but somehow, they managed to retain their ties to Claremont. Nearly six decades after graduation, Janet Riser moved “back home,” taking up residence at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, a local life care senior community in Claremont affectionately called “the Gardens” by residents and neighbors.

Forty-seven Pomona alumni live at the Gardens. Lee Harlan ’55, former director of alumni relations for Pomona, originally made the discovery. “Doing the count was simplicity itself,” says Harlan. “I merely took the Gardens list and compared it to the alumni directory. It absolutely amazed me that the number came to 47 … In addition, there are several non-alumni former faculty and administrators here.” Together, those with Pomona ties represent about 15 percent of the Gardens’ residents.

At an alumni reception held at the Gardens on Nov. 2, 2005, 55 attendees—including alumni, spouses, friends and former faculty and administrators—gathered and engaged in conversations ranging from stories of Sagehen lore and college-day memories to Garden politics and upcoming events on campus.

Virginia Covey ’33, sharing a story of her admission to the College, noted that Pomona won her favor over both her father’s wishes and a second highly-regarded West Coast university in Northern California. She doesn’t regret her choice, stating, “My time at Pomona College was a ball—the whole four years!” Riser chimes into the conversation, adding that the Gardens is a close second—and fondly noting that the residents all remain “at the wonderful intellectual and conversational level of Pomona College students themselves.” —Erika Gamst ’01
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