With COVID- 19 forcing a cancellation of what was expected to be the largest ReunionWeekend in school history, classes celebratinga reunion gathered online to catch up with eachother and toast the weekend.
Several members of the class of 1950 gathered onan afternoon Zoom call to celebrate seventy yearsas alumni and shared stories about adventures inthe nightly proctored study halls.
The reunion calls featured toasts to the classes,updates from campus, and visits by current andretired faculty members. Even retired Englishteacher John Reimers, never known as an avidadopter of technology during his forty-sevenyears on faculty, joined several of the Zoom callsfrom his home to visit with alumni.
It wasn’t just reunion classes who gathered virtually during stay-at-home orders thisspring. Nearly every Woodberry class held at leastone online Zoom gathering, with several classessetting up recurring calls. These video sessionsfeatured plenty of Moubray wear. The ability tochange your background on Zoom led many aTiger to dig up old photographs from student daysor to photoshop images of the Woodberry campus— like members of the class of 1988 did with their“Save D-Dawg” messages in the style of FerrisBueller’s Day Off, a reference to Frank Edwards’nickname.
Several classes reported that their callsstretched for hours as alumni shared stories andbroke out old jokes. One call from the class of2005 featured alumni calling in from Singapore(Vincent Ruland), Hawaii (Scott Grimmer, in themidst of an unsuccessful campaign for the state’sHouse of Representatives), Italy (Mike Johnson),and Costa Rica (Sam Kenworthy), as well as moreexpected Woodberry destinations.
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