|Golden indeed! The Class of ’61, this year’s 50th Reunion class, made a splash during Providence College’s Reunion Weekend not unlike the one they did during the years they dominated the campus five decades ago.
One classmate, Dr. Edward A. Iannuccilli ’61, reminisced about one of the most important events in PC history up to that point:
So there we were in New York City. The PC Friars, the upstart team from our small New England College, was in the Big Apple for the Big Games at the Big Palace, Madison Square Garden, in the biggest basketball tournament of the year. And we fan(atic)s, members of the Class of ’61, were to be an integral part of the national spotlight. We—well, our team—were about to be the 1961 National Invitation Tournament Champs.
The energy ran through the Class
“Yours was a dynamic class,” remembers Rev. Robert A. Morris, O.P. ’44, then a new member of the English faculty and honorary chair of the Class of 1961’s 50th Reunion Committee.
“You followed traditions, but you also started several,” adds Father Morris. “You had your own class newspaper, The Scowl. You organized (and always won) a campus-wide track meet. Thirty one of you were chosen for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Yours was the first class with the Liberal Arts Honors Program.”
||Record reunion gift surpasses $600,000
“Golden” also is an apt description of the Class of ’61’s generosity towards its alma mater. The alumni contributed more than $600,000 during their reunion year to support key campus initiatives, including the PC and Angel funds; the Thomson Fund— supporting Liberal Arts Honors Program initiatives in honor of the program’s co-founder, the late Rev. Paul van K. Thomson; the Friars Forever Athletic Fund; the Rev. Robert A. Morris, O.P. Scholarship Fund and several other endowed scholarships.
Iannuccilli and many of his classmates attribute much of their success in life to the education and life experience PC gave them. Consequently, it is important to them to fully support PC’s mission to help generations of students that have followed after.
The generosity of the Class of ’61 makes a significant impact on the PC community, helping the College continue its trajectory to become a nationally recognized, Catholic liberal arts institution.
“This is a class that has exhibited remarkable leadership as PC alumni, including four elected trustees and several presidents of the National Alumni Association Board of Governors.I’m not surprised by their generosity,” says Father Morris, who was honored by the class at a special Reunion Weekend tribute event.