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A Lifetime of Memories
Alumni gather to celebrate a 50-year connection and lifelong memories.
Written by Amanda Kidwell
The class of '58 had another chance to stroll around campus, see old stomping grounds and tour new additions during the three day event.
In the fall of 1954, a new class of freshmen arrived at Texas Technological College. They hailed from all over the southwest in pursuit of not only a college education, but lifelong memories and friends. Many years later, that is exactly what they have accomplished last April as the class of ’58 gathered for their 50th reunion.
The three day event kicked off with a welcome reception and an opportunity to visit with college friends, many for the first time in five decades.
The next morning, a bus tour led the group through a few of the campus’ popular venues, including the Lanier Professional Development Center, a new addition to the law school, both the United Spirit Arena and Jones AT&T Stadium, and the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. College luncheons were followed by an afternoon of golf at the Rawls Golf course and free time spent visiting The National Ranching Heritage Center, the new Animal and Food Sciences Building, the Education, English/Philosophy buildings, the museum and the International Cultural Center. An elegant reception and dinner closed out the evening.
On the final day of the event, the class gathered for a continental breakfast and an update on the university. Health Sciences Center Associate Dean of Faculty Tom Tenner, Athletics Director Gerald Myers and Executive Vice President and CEO of the Alumni Association Bill Dean, offered insight on the present and future status of Texas Tech. The Reunion concluded with a recognition luncheon, including a message from President Jon Whitmore and long goodbyes. A great time was truly had by all who attended!
A highlight of the gatherings included a historic audiovisual tour of college life provided by Wayne James ’57 from his family’s collection of parades, football games, entry into the Southwest Conference and numerous campus scenes.
A special thank you goes to Co-Chairs Richard Ligon and Rob Brown for their effort in contacting classmates, as well as organizing and presiding over the events. We appreciate all who contributed to the success of this year’s reunion by reaching out and connecting with former classmates! We would also like to thank Doug Stelter for his usual wonderful expertise in capturing the class group photo.
Thank you to all who attended the Reunion honoring the Class of 1958!
Visit the Texas Tech Alumni Association for more information.