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Class of '64 Celebrates 50 Golden Years

Class of ’64 Celebrates 50 Golden Years

BUIES CREEK - More than 40 members of the class of 1964 returned to campus on May 9-10 to celebrate their 50th class reunion. Attendees enjoyed an opportunity to connect with old friends, experience a detailed tour of Campbell including the new medical school, and attend a reunion dinner where each member of the class was presented with a special 50-year medallion. On the morning of May 10, the group participated in Campbell’s 2014 commencement program. With spouses and special guests, nearly 80 individuals participated in this year’s Golden Club event.

Each member of the class returned to campus with stories of family, professional pursuits, and a desire to connect with old friends. Several attendees had not been on the Campbell campus since graduating in 1964. “The weekend was just wonderful, and everyone at Campbell was so accommodating,” said Dr. Jan Anderson, a member of the class of 1964 and a professor of English at Clearwater Christian University. “The campus is absolutely beautiful. It’s grown so much, but Campbell’s core values are still here.”

Memories were plentiful throughout the reunion event, and attendees shared stories of how they decided to attend Campbell in the early 1960s, fun times on campus, challenging courses, and meaningful relationships. Three common themes were mentioned over and over by attendees: the impact of Dean A. R. Burkot on their lives; Campbell was the place where many met their spouse; and the opportunity the college provided for education and training.

“Campbell College provided each of us with a tremendous opportunity,” said Jackie Johnson, member of the class of 1964 and a retired school teacher. “Most of us had very little when we came to Campbell, but through hard work and a desire to succeed, most every member of this class has made a wonderful contribution in their communities. I’m proud of my classmates.“

“The 50 year reunion is a major milestone in the life of every alumnus or alumna as they celebrate with their classmates at their Alma Mater,” said Doug Jones, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations. “We’re grateful that so many members of the class of 1964 returned to campus to participate in these celebratory events.”

Details about the class of 1965 reunion (May 8-9, 2015) will soon be available.  Members of the class of 1965 that would be willing to serve on the steering committee should express their interest to Doug Jones.  He can be reached at jones@campbell.edu or at 910-893-1236. Additionally, all members of the current and previous 50-year reunion classes (Golden Club) are invited to attend Homecoming 2014 on October 18.

For more information about any class reunions, please contact the alumni office at alumni@campbell.edu.