50th Reunion – May 14-16, 2014
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Grand Classes Reunion
We are paying special tribute to our Woman's Medical College and Hahnemann Medical College graduates of more than 50 years ago (classes from 1963 and prior). These "Grand Classes" will join the Class of 1964, as they celebrate their 50th reunion and receive their Golden Dragons pins. This special luncheon celebration will take place following the College of Medicine Commencement on Friday, May 16.
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Roll back the years and take a trip down memory lane for your 50th reunion.
In 1964 Hahnemann was undergoing a time of change, including improvements in the physical plant and alterations in the curriculum, and a new type of Hahnemann student was developing. Woman's Medical College President and Dean Dr. Marion Fay, and Class Advisor Dr. Katharine Boucot believed WMC graduates were well prepared with medical knowledge and techniques to assume the rigorous responsibilities of internship, the long training in clinical medicine, and the current and future challenges of the medical profession.
Two institutions both striving for excellence in medical education, a passion for lifelong learning and compassionate care for the sick, are joined together to build the foundations of Drexel University College of Medicine. Much has happened in the last 50 years, and spending time with your classmates to reminisce and share your life experiences is what makes this event so special. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join in the fun of celebrating your 50 Year Reunion with the Class of 1964.
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Schedule of Events for 50 Year Reunion
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Welcome Reception (Complimentary)
6 – 8 p.m., Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enjoy an intimate evening with your classmates, in a setting unlike any other in Philadelphia, in the oldest natural science research institution and world-class museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Your welcome reception will take place in the majestic Ewell Sale Stewart Library. It will be the perfect location to catch up on the last 50 years and learn what paths your professional and personal lives have taken.
Note: Round trip shuttle transportation will be provided but you must register for this service.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
"George and I had a lovely time at the reunion. It was too short to have much conversation with everyone but happy to have made the connections once again. Loved being in Philadelphia again and especially enjoyed the bus tour. Thank you for all your efforts in making the reunion such a wonderful time."
George Allgair, MD, HU '63 and Janet Allgair
“Not only was the experience of seeing fellow classmates and friends special but to realize that the history of Hahnemann was being preserved in the Archives section of the College of Medicine made me realize that the Hahnemann I knew still is present in the halls of Drexel University College of Medicine.”
Leonard A. Frank, MD, HU ’61
Philadelphia Bus Tour and the College of Medicine's Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections Visit ($25 per person)
9:30 a.m. – noon, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Whether you are a Philadelphia native or visiting for the first time in 50 years, there is always something new to learn about the city. We want to be sure that you get the most out of your Philadelphia experience by exploring our history, our culture and our architecture. The “Awfully Nice Tour Guides” are experts on the city and its history, and have created a unique tour for our group.
The Legacy Center is the repository for the records and heritage of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (W/MCP), Hahnemann University and the College of Medicine. During the tour, our archivist will show you how these valuable records are stored, and exhibit some examples of the historic documents and papers that are part of this incredible collection.
Note: Round-trip shuttle transportation will be provided from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. The shuttle will depart at 9:30 a.m.
Noon – 1 p.m., College of Medicine Queen Lane Campus, the K Wing Lobby, 2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129
After a busy morning, take time to refresh your body and your spirit with lunch in the beautiful lobby of the newest building at Queen Lane. The K Wing is home to the Independence Blue Cross Medical Simulation Center, the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership and the College of Medicine's Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections.
Presentation: Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Secret Illnesses: Malignant Hypertension, Polio vs. Guillain Barre, Heart Failure, Stroke, WW II, Yalta, the Iron Curtain and the Cold War: A Combination of History and Medicine (Complimentary)
1 – 2 p.m., Queen Lane, Room A1
Allan B. Schwartz, MD, FACP, FASN, FASH, HU'1964, Professor of Medicine
Dr. Schwartz, a member of the Hahnemann Class of 1964, has blended his knowledge of historical events with his medical background to create a series of lectures on “United States Presidents’ Secret Illnesses and the Effects on World History and Politics.” During this presentation, he will discuss how President Roosevelt's interaction with world leaders was influenced by his secret illnesses. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss the historic events. What was FDR’s blood pressure? What were his medications, his illness? Who were the doctors? What roles did Stalin, Churchill and Truman play, and was history influenced?
*Note: Round trip shuttle transportation for lunch and the presentation will be available from one Center City location, The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street. The shuttle will depart at 11:30 a.m. Please register for this service.
"I want to thank you and the staff for a magnificent 50th Reunion celebration. I can truly say that those three days were among the most gratifying of my entire life. It was so good to see so many of my classmates after 50 years. I didn’t realize how close we all were. We had four years of intense concentration of study together, under stressful conditions. Then, the day after graduation in Town Hall, we dispersed to the winds and most have not seen each other in 50 years. With your wonderful scheduling, we were back almost as if it were yesterday. Thanks again."
Peter B. Riesz, MD, FACR, HU ’59
Hyatt at the Bellevue Class Dinner ($75 per person)
6 p.m., 200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
The Hyatt at the Bellevue is one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Philadelphia. The Class Dinner will be held in the enchanting atmosphere of the 12th floor conservatory and will be one of the highlights of your 50 Year Reunion celebration. This unique interior space is a seven-story, sky-lit garden atrium that features a 75-foot-high cloud mural canopy and imposing columns, which add to the grandeur and leave even the most sophisticated of travelers speechless. It provides an elegant setting for you to enjoy a wonderful dinner renewing old friendships and reminiscing about your medical school days.
Friday, May 16, 2014
College of Medicine Commencement
8 a.m., The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102
One of the most memorable moments occurs as members of the 50 Year Reunion Class are invited to robe and participate in the Commencement ceremony with the 2014 graduating class and faculty. The Class of 1964 will be seated in a special place of honor and acknowledged by President Fry during the program. This ceremony has touched the hearts of so many of our past 50 Year Reunion alumni, so we encourage you to participate. Ceremony participants do not need a ticket; they will be given one VIP ticket for a guest. If you are not participating in the ceremony, you will receive two VIP tickets. (Commencement tickets are limited due to the size of the Class of 2014.)
“Thank you for a marvelous three days of remembrance, reconnection and nostalgia. We enjoyed all the events, and appreciate how much work the entire staff put in for all of us. You took very good care of a bunch of ‘old’ ladies and guys. Oh, yes, we have changed!”
Lan Sing Wu, MD, WMC ’61
50th Reunion Celebration Luncheon (1964 alumni are complimentary, guests are $40 per person)
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Union League of Philadelphia, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Your 50 Year Reunion celebration culminates with a special luncheon at the historic Union League. Members of the class will be inducted into the Golden Dragon Society, presented with society pins and certificates. We are certain that you will enjoy a unique presentation detailing the legacies of both Hahnemann and Woman’s Medical College beautifully blended together to tell the story and the history of the College of Medicine.
We will also be initiating a new tradition at this luncheon by inviting alumni from what we are calling our Grand Classes (anyone who has reached the milestone of graduating more than 50 years ago) to join the Class of 1964 in celebrating your Golden Dragon status.
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Register for Reunion
There are two ways to register for reunion:
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Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the three area hotels listed below. We strongly encourage you to make reservations, as the room blocks fill quickly.
"I wanted to thank you personally for the excellent care and attention that was shown to us for the 50th Year Reunion. Every little detail was well taken care of and everyone made us feel so very comfortable, safe and very special. All the WMC graduates were so happy that they came to the reunion…it was a great success!"
Dolly Li, MD, WMC '63
Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: 50th Reunion
Cut-off date: April 13, 2014
The Ritz Carlton
Ten Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: Drexel University Reunion Block
Cut-off date: April 14, 2014
The Inn at the Union League
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Group code: College of Medicine
Standard: $169, Suite: $199
Cut-off date: April 16, 2014
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The Class of 1964 Directory
The directory is always a cherished memento of the celebration. It will include updates and contact information for fellow classmates, including personal photos and memorable anecdotes. Please be sure to send in your completed directory form even if you are unable to attend.
You may submit your information for the Class of 1964 directory in any of the following ways:
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"Many thanks for your wonderful job for our 50th. I was so glad I came back to Philadelphia. You and your team made it VERY SPECIAL. I must say thanks to you. I do feel much closer to my medical school: Hahnemann / Drexel."
Bill Young, MD, HU '62
1964 Hahnemann Class Representatives
Loretta P. Finnegan, MD
Allan B. Schwartz, MD
Steven B. Rubins, MD
1964 Woman’s Medical College Class Representatives
Kathleen J. Catalano, MD
Kathleen M. Harris, MD
Carolkay Lissenden, MD
Ruth Rosenblatt, MD
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50 Year Reunion Contact Information
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Drexel University College of Medicine
1601 Cherry Street, Suite #1050
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Toll-free: 866.DREX.MED (866.373.9633)
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