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Class Notes – Spring/Summer 2019

Author: perkinsk


European Study Program – Summer 1976
Were you one of the 37 who studied in London &c?
Want to get together before we are all too old?

This is a long shot, especially because we do not have a list of participants, but putting out this notice might jog memories and trigger responses.

So far, at 82, I can remember only a handful of names – Phyllis, Larry, Susan, Sally, Jeff, Julia Corbett, Phoebe Hunter (U. Iowa) and the Texas kid. Oh, also Eileen (and l’affaire de Taxi.)

Can you fill in the rather huge gaps in my memory and furnish addresses if you have kept in touch with any of the group.

So we’re thinking of getting together in Ames sometime during the weekend of ISU’s opener vs. UNI at Jack Trice Stadium which is this August 31.

Depending on numbers, Linda and I could host a gathering (630 Ridgewood – just one mile east of Hamilton Hall).

Please respond to Tom Emmerson,, 515-233-1130.
FYI: Karl Friederich died in August 2015. Tom Groth is happily retired and living in Pensacola, Florida, but he and LaRue are planning to be on hand for the ‘76ers gathering.

—Tom Emmerson (1960), Professor Emeritus


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