Class of 1968 President's Letter, November 2018

Dear 1968 Classmates,

With excitement and some trepidation, I begin my term as your class president. Kudos and enormous thanks to our class officers for the last five years, our 50th reunion chairs and all the volunteers who made our reunion a phenomenal success in every way.  This is a tough act to follow.

In this letter, I will introduce our class officers for 2018-2023, share our ideas about communications and activities and ask for your support in continuing the energy and renewed friendships that were so evident on campus.

Class Officers:

President-Lynn Chornyei Thurber ( resides in Montana; enjoys hiking, reading and knitting (anyone need a shawl?) and is looking forward to grandchild number two next spring.

Vice President-Jane Plummer Fenn ( resides in Las Cruces, NM and Raleigh, NC; enjoys line dancing and spending time with her three children and three grandchildren, as she did on the Cape after reunion.

Secretary-Judy Harte ( resides in Albany, CA; continues to work (80% time) as a computational physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and enjoys karate, biking, yoga, gardening, light construction and her work at LLNL.

Treasurer-Janet Conn ( resides in Edina, MN; loved her Road Scholar tour of Greece’s Ionian islands with three of our classmates and, as we know from reunion, is a (com)passionate advocate of end-of-life choices.  

Wellesley Fund Representative-Susan Little Berry ( resides in Sudbury, MA; enjoys playing soccer and time with children and grandchildren, including residing in a multigenerational household with some of her family.

Leslie Dansker Toepfer and Ellen Reynolds Harris have generously agreed to continue their roles as our class leaders for Durant gifts and Planned Giving, respectively.

Communications and Activities:

Our plans include updating our class website and using it as our primary means of keeping you informed about news of our classmates, upcoming class events and major Wellesley news of interest.  I will continue Jane Philippi’s practice of one or two letters annually which we will send primarily to the email addresses on file with Wellesley. It will take us awhile to post articles and information of recent events. Stay tuned we will try to complete our update early in 2019.

Mini-reunions are any gathering of three or more classmates.  Our focus will be on encouraging each of you to meet up with your Wellesley friends and to include others from our class who reside nearby.  It can be as simple as a few women meeting up at your local coffee shop, taking a walk together on a beautiful day or planning a local event, museum tour, or book discussion for all classmates in the vicinity.  Please share with us news of these get togethers with photos and attendee names. We hope you will allow Judy ( to include these in our class notes in the Alum magazine, but if you prefer the write ups only appear on the class website please send the info to Jane ( for posting.

An overwhelming positive response to our holding Tucson class mini-reunion redux has us contemplating locations and dates in spring 2021.  If you have a location suggestion or are willing to be part of the organizing group, please let us know (

What you can do for us, your 1968 classmates and the College:

Please keep your contact information (most importantly your email address) up to date. Either go to; login; click on your name when it says “Welcome, Name” and then click on “Update My Profile”   or, if you do not have your login credentials, please check in with the Wellesley College Help Desk at 781.283.7777 or They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Please go to to check our latest class news and reunion photos and save this URL as a favorite on your search toolbar.

A remarkable number of you gave a gift to the College as part of celebrating our 50th reunion-86.1%.  As we move beyond our 50th, our Wellesley fund representatives will be reminding us of the importance of those participation numbers in attracting top students and in attracting grants for the College.

In conclusion, we want to hear from you –please send us any thoughts you have about the website, communications, mini-reunions or whatever is on your mind. Please send Judy Harte ( your news for the Wellesley Alumnae magazine. We all enjoyed catching up with classmates at reunion, keep sharing your news and photos to support those connections until we meet again.

“In the end you always go back to the people who were there in the beginning.”


All the best,


Lynn Chornyei Thurber

1968 Class President