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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 62, Number 15 (July 1961)

Centennial reunion report,   pp. 30-35

Page 30

Sailboats on Lake Mendota-some things about the University
remain timeless.
                Wisconsin Alumni Find
              the University in a Period
                      of Dramatic Growth
N   EARLY 300 WISCONSIN gradu-
     ates who have been alumni of the
University for fifty years or more at-
tended the Half Century Club luncheon
on Friday, June 2. The crowd was so
large this year that a last minute change
had to be made to accommodate those
who wanted to attend the affair. In order
to make room for the many senior
alumni, the luncheon had to be shifted
from Tripp Commons to Great Hall of
the Memorial Union.
  The program opened with a salute
from Don Anderson, president of the
Wisconsin Alumni Association. Ander-
son paid tribute to the Half Century
Club members and called their attention
to two Wisconsin alumnae-Mrs. Flor-
ence Mitchell Taylor and Miss Louise
Stuart-who have passed their hun-
dredth birthdays. (Later in the month,
it was learned that Mrs. Taylor had
passed away-she was 104 years old.)
  Following the calling of the roll,
H. D. White, secretary-treasurer of the
class presented President Elvehjem with
the class gift, a sum totalling nearly
$10,000 which is to be used for the
Alumni House.
  Thanking the class for the gift, Presi-
dent Elvehjem officially inducted the
Class of 1911 into membership in the
Half Century Club. While noting "The
acceptance of a new pledge class is
usually a rather routine thing," Presi-
dent Elvehjem went on to make note of
some of the unique contributions that
the class has made to the University's
history. Among these are: the idea for
the first Homecoming; a supreme court
justice (Timothy Brown) and a former
governor  (Oscar Rennebohm); and,
perhaps its most famous contribution of
all, the words to "On Wisconsin" writ-
ten by class member Carl Beck.
  Emil Rauchenstein, class president,
gave the class's response following Pres-
ident Elvehjem's remarks.
  Then, Edward H. Gibson, WAA field
secretary, gave the Half Century Club-
bers a look at the University in the year
1861, the year the Wisconsin Alumni
Association was founded. Showing a
series of slides, Gibson recalled the days
of Lathrop and Sterling, showed a pic-
ture of: an early regent, an engineering
class, the campus as it looked one hun-
     Wisconsin Alumnus, July, 1961

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