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Reunion photos

The college has created a photo album from the reunion weekend that can be viewed here. In addition, we have started to gather other photos from the reunion, which you can view in the Photo Gallery. Feel free to add other photos from the reunion, or other events, there.

Panel: Race at Oberlin Through the Years

Sound recording of the panel from Sunday, May 21, 2023: Moderated by Dennis Krumholz ’73 and featuring

  • Gary Kornblith, Oberlin College emeriti history professor
  • Carol Lasser, Oberlin College emeriti history professor
  • Eboni A. Johnson ’97, Oberlin College Outreach and Program Librarian
  • Jeanine Donaldson ’75, Executive Director, Lorain YWCA

[Link to Lasser & Kornblith book: Elusive Utopia]

In Memory

At the Reunion session dedicated to the memory of classmates who are no longer with us, the class announced that it was dedicating trees at Asia house with the following plaques:

For classmates: "To our classmates who have passed: Your spirit lives on in our hearts. Class of '73"

For faculty/staff: "In honor of the faculty, staff and their families who supported us on our journey. Class of '73"

In addition, the following poems written by members of our class were read:

Boyer Rickel:


















Cynthia Hogue:

At Conques
— for Jim, and in his memory
I visit the Abbey on the mountain top because of a beautiful
book about St. Faith, attend the nightly Spectacle of Organ
and Light because the hotel clerk said it was magic, and in
this way am reminded – wandering along the upper gallery
(for an extra fee) listening to “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (the
somber opening) and “House of the Rising Sun” (the grand
finale) in a medley played by a monk or perhaps the Prior
from the monastery – that magic’s relative. The last chords
swell through the nave with such serious intent, the organist
swaying and the cluster of listeners squeezed on pews, that
I’d be stifling guffaws if I hadn’t just heard that you’re
dying. Instead I’m lighting a week’s worth of candles at
Faith’s altar, snapping a shot from the gallery as proof to
show you (somehow both psychic and cynic), and walking
twice by the little angel in the corner before seeing him,
this fragment of an 11c. frieze found during the recent
renovation in a church crawl space and restored. His hands
– the size of his solemn face – lift in astonished arrest: as if
he stilled his wings by laying hands flat against them,
palms facing forward. His blank gaze, half-opened mouth:
when magic caught his death.


Virtual Events

The class of '73 has joined with the combined classes of ’70, ’71, and ’72 to continue a series of Zoom events that preceded their June 2022 reunion and are continuing beyond it. Below are recordings of the events that have already occurred. New events will be advertised to the class. If anyone from the class of '73 wishes to propose any topics, or to work with the committee organizing the Zooms, let us know.

Mar '23—‘Con’ Makers & Players: Obies Who Make and Play Their Own Instruments


Jan ’23—Oberlin: Asia—A Road Well-Travelled


Dec ’22—What’s Next?  Criminal Justice, Refugees and Reproductive Rights 


Oct '22—Arc of Power: Inside Nancy Pelosi's Speakership 2005–2010


May '22—Writers’ Roundtable


May '22—The Underground Railroad New Orleans to Oberlin


Apr '22—The State of Democracy in U.S. Politics


Apr '22—What to Do About Climate Change


Mar '22—Mental Health in the Time of COVID


Feb '22—bell hooks: unlikely lotus flower


Jan '22—The Road to Social Justice Activism: Oberlin and Beyond


Welcome from the 50th Reunion Committee

The Class of 1973 50th Reunion Committee welcomes you to this private, password-protected Class of 1973 website. While the in-person reunion took place in Oberlin over the weekend of May 19-21, 2023, here is where you can continue to read news about and see photos of classmates, share your memories and photos, send private messages to classmates, follow discussion threads, and spend time to remember classmates who have passed on. In your profile you can post what you have done during the past years since we all left Oberlin, as well as information about your family if you wish. 

Aerial view of Oberlin around the time we arrived in 1969:


No registered users are online right now.


•   Sue Niederhauser (Edmondson)  7/8
•   LaVerne Robinson (Weldon)  6/4
•   Daniel Donnelly  6/2
•   Christopher Keenan (LeeKeenan)  3/1
•   Glenn Orlin  2/29
•   Eli Pollack  11/18
•   Eric Blasenheim  11/14
•   Sue Greer-Pitt  10/28
•   Catherine Shaffer (Gjerdingen)  8/10
•   Mary Baroni  8/8
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

1 lives in Alabama
5 live in Alaska
9 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
83 live in California
11 live in Colorado
17 live in Connecticut
2 live in Delaware
10 live in District Of Columbia
20 live in Florida
9 live in Georgia
2 live in Idaho
24 live in Illinois
8 live in Indiana
7 live in Iowa
3 live in Kansas
6 live in Kentucky
4 live in Louisiana
6 live in Maine
39 live in Maryland
46 live in Massachusetts
18 live in Michigan
14 live in Minnesota
7 live in Missouri
1 lives in Nebraska
6 live in New Hampshire
27 live in New Jersey
4 live in New Mexico
123 live in New York
22 live in North Carolina
47 live in Ohio
16 live in Oregon
36 live in Pennsylvania
2 live in Rhode Island
8 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
6 live in Tennessee
14 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
3 live in Vermont
29 live in Virginia
23 live in Washington
5 live in West Virginia
11 live in Wisconsin
3 live in British Columbia
4 live in Ontario
3 live in Australia
2 live in France
1 lives in Germany
1 lives in Japan
1 lives in Panama
1 lives in Thailand
1 lives in United Kingdom


Know the email address of a missing Classmate? Click here to contact them!