October 2011

Class of 1961 to Celebrate 50 Glorious Years at Homecoming 2011

For one class, in particular, Homecoming 2011 has a golden glow. A celebration 50 years in the making, the Class of ’61 is especially excited for this October’s festivities. “The majority of us have come together every five years,” says Class of ’61 reunion committee chair John Little, MDCM’61. “We’ve stayed connected through a camaraderie that has stood the test of time and it’s fantastic to reunite at the place that made it all happen.”

This amiable group has been staunch supporters of its alma mater over the past five decades, having raised an impressive $800,000 in support of Faculty-wide initiatives. This tradition continues as the class aims to top its giving history on the occasion of its 50th reunion gathering.

“We have all been affected positively in some way or another by our McGill pedigree,” says Class of ‘61 reunion committee member Tony Ashworth, BSc’57, MDCM’61. “Now we have an opportunity to help future graduates achieve their educational and career goals.”

Bolstering their legacy of giving, Class of ’61 alumni are rallying behind three important projects. The first involves the creation of a facsimile volume of what is considered the rarest manuscript in the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, if not McGill. The reproduction and eventual translation of this detailed account of the medicinal properties of plants will help to preserve an important period in medical history. The second endeavour will fund a summer research bursary for an undergraduate medical student who wishes to gain hands-on experience in biomedical research. Thirdly, through its support of the Arnold & Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre, the Class of ’61 builds on its 45th anniversary reunion fundraising efforts by providing for new developments in patient safety that will train current and future doctors, nurses and physiotherapists.

John Milton, MDCM'61

Tony Ashworth, BSc’57, MDCM’61


“I hope to reach classmates on a personal level,” says Ashworth in describing his reasons for becoming a reunion committee member. “We are asking class members to be generous. I am confident that we will receive considerable support.”

Little attributes the closeness that he and his classmates share to the fact that the vast majority hail from away, mainly the United States. “We couldn’t help but be social because many of us didn’t know each other beforehand. Nowadays, it’s as if the passing of five years between our get-togethers seems like only five days. We’re just that kind of close-knit group.”

190 Years of Great Memories!

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Homecoming 2011 is a milestone to celebrate 190 years of McGill history. It is also an opportunity to be among thousands of graduates who will reconnect with former classmates on the campus where friendships were born, knowledge was acquired and lasting memories were made.

The Faculty of Medicine will showcase its annual crowd-pleasers, highlighted by the Dean’s Cocktail Reception on Friday, October 14 and the McGill Medical Seminar, as well as tours of the Arnold and Blema Steinberg Medical Simulation Centre on Saturday, October 15. A special full-day scientific symposium in honour of famed stem cell research pioneer C.P. Leblond will be held on Friday, October 14, in addition to a host of other campus-wide activities and exclusive gatherings for milestone reunion classes.

Special to this year’s Homecoming is the celebration of McGill’s 190th anniversary. Throughout the year, staff, students and alumni alike have staged events to commemorate this historic milestone, including a worldwide search for the Greatest McGillian of All Time.


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