A Major Class Act at Homecoming Goes Even Higher
Alumni from 1962 Generously Donate To Ever Higher Campaign
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 14:10
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa --- Over the weekend the Westminster Campus was a flurry of activity as Homecoming weekend went into full gear. Reunion tents dotted the quad as many revisited their alma mater from various decades like the 2000’s, 1990’s, 1980’s and so on. One particular class, the graduating class of 1962, had a distinction among the other alums – they were celebrating a 50 year anniversary.
Many students from this class went on to advanced degrees and distinguished careers, as evidenced by their “catch up talk” with other classmates. This fact became even more evident during the Saturday evening special dinner planned for the Class of 1962. After a delicious meal at the Country Club in New Castle, and a night of reminiscing by one particular alum, Jim Speer, who had the crowd chuckling as he recounted his time at Westminster, the true colors and commitment of this class shined forth.
President Dorman was in attendance and called to the front, where Bill Neely, a member of the reunion committee, jokingly handed the president the contents of his pocket, a mere 38 cents, in order to "even things out". Neely's comment made more sense after he handed President Dorman a large check to the tune of 465,874 dollars, and 62 cents. This is the largest some of money ever given by any one graduating class, the closest contender trailing behind by 150,000 dollars.
The desire of this class to help further the Westminster Way, and to give back to what was clearly a near, dear, and valuable memory of their college days was evidenced by such incredible generosity to the Ever Higher Campaign.
And the account books aren’t even closed yet! Mr. Neely made it clear that classmates would still be giving to this fund up until the end of 2012. In fact, he even put out a challenge to beat another class donation in the specific area of scholarship funds. Clearly the Class of 1962 has a lot of spunk still left in them, and a love for their alma mater that’s 50 years old and holding.