What a Blast

What a Blast

Pomfret celebrates Reunion 2024.

Reunion was a blast from the past as more than 200 Pomfret classmates reconnected on the Hilltop in early June. Twenty-six classes were represented at the annual event, and it was an extra special celebration for classes ending in 4 and 9, who were observing milestone reunions.

The Class of 1974 celebrated their 50th reunion. 

The weekend included many memorable gatherings, starting on Friday with the Grand Reunion Luncheon for the members of the Class of 1974 and earlier years. That evening, nine class dinners were hosted at locations both on and off the Hilltop. Classmates reconnected over delicious meals, shared stories from their school days, and provided updates on where life has taken them since graduation.

On Saturday, alumni and former faculty members got a first-hand look at what life on the Hilltop is like for today's students. They learned about the current academic, student life, and athletic offerings from a panel of faculty members and received an update from Head of the School Tim Richards about the state of the School. In his opening remarks, Richards commented, “The connections that I see this weekend and throughout the year between alums is such a powerful part of what makes Pomfret such a special place.”

Alumni tour VISTA, which is set to open in August.

Some returned to the classroom during an open studio hour with Artist-in-Residence JP Jacquet and stargazing at Olmsted Observatory with Science Department Head Josh Lake. Many were lucky enough to tour the new science building, VISTA (Venue for Innovation, Science, Technology, and Academics), which is in the final stages of construction and scheduled to open in August. 

“VISTA is spectacular. It is the space that was talked about and envisioned when I was a student,” said one young alum. “It’s incredible to see it come to life.”

The weekend also provides opportunities to learn more about the work the Alumni Association is doing and to pause and honor Pomfret alumni who have passed on at a memorial service. 

Marshall ’70 and Ginny Eaton P ’91 received the William Beach Olmsted Distinguished Service Award.

Reunion culminated in the Alumni Awards Celebration. Everyone in attendance gathered under the tent as the Alumni Association Executive Council honored Marshall ’70 and Ginny Eaton P ’91 with the William Beach Olmsted Distinguished Service Award, Michael Gary ’82 with the Pomfret School Alumni Award, and Matt Lowell ’04 with the Pomfret School Alumni Association Achievement Medal. While accepting his honor, Gary remarked, “This award means so much to me, but the true award was given to me in 1979 when I was accepted to Pomfret. Graduating from Pomfret opened up worlds of possibilities for me.”

During the dinner program, the Pomfret Advancement Office also recognized Paul Fowler ’64 with the S. Prescott B. Clement Cup.

“Reunion is a special time for Griffins from around the world to come together and strengthen their ties to our community,” says Director of Advancement Will Mitchell ’84. “Returning alumni always have a lot to say about the beauty of the place and the unique ‘Pomfret magic’ that makes Reunion Weekend a cherished event for alumni of all ages.”

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