Alumni Weekend 2004
Alumni Weekend 2004 entertained, educated and inspired about 1,000
Sagehens. Alumni marched in the parade of classes on Marston Quad, led
by the student Balinese gamelan music and dance group. They filled Big
Bridges for “Through the Gates: Celebrating Pomona.” President David
Oxtoby, attending his first Alumni Weekend, hosted an all-class dinner.
There was the Wash party in Sontag Greek Theatre, the traditional social
hour preceding the reunion dinners, and the Alumni Vintner Wine Tasting.
Those who attended the alumni symposium on “The ‘Aha’ Moment: Discovery,
Breakthrough, Epiphany” unleashed their own creative juices in an
exploratory of mind-bender puzzles and an art exhibit of everyday
objects that do extraordinary things.
Two graduates from the Class of ’29, Louise Ward Elliott and Winifred
Walker Staples, celebrated their 75th reunion.
Verne Orr ’37 was recognized with the 2004 Alumni Distinguished Service
Award. Orr’s service to the College spans seven decades. He has planned
class reunion events, participated in fundraising efforts,
hosted an alumni event at the Reagan Library and has been involved in
the Alumni Weekend Symposium program, most notably the “Pomona College
and the World War II Years.” Orr edited the book, A Generation
Remembers: Pomona College and the World War II Years, which contained
the war remembrances of 220 alumni from the classes of 1931-1956. Orr
was honored for his selfless commitment and ongoing volunteer service to