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Medicine Mixer Reception Honors All Anniversary Classes

An important tradition in the life of the Purdue Veterinary Medicine family continued with this year’s Fall Conference, when all of the alumni classes celebrating reunions were recognized at the Medicine Mixer Reception Thursday night, September 12 in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. The event even was attended by a very special guest, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, who mingled with the alumni, faculty, staff and students who were present. After reunion class members had a chance to pose for class pictures, Dean Willie Reed called out each reunion year for recognition, from the five year class to the first-ever 50th reunion class. As they were introduced, each class was asked to stand and receive a hearty round of applause. Special honor was accorded to the 25th anniversary class, the Class of 1988. Two class members, Kim Taylor and Deb Reyman, shared memories on behalf of their class, recalling experiences from their days as veterinary students and talking about the way their education has influenced their careers since graduation. Members of the Class of 1963 also were singled out for special recognition as the first 50th Reunion Class. Each Class of 1963 member present was introduced and received a special 50th Reunion Medallion from Purdue Alumni Association Vice President of Engagement and Alumni Outreach Chad Johnson. Then Dr. John McKibben spoke on behalf of his classmates about the value of their educational experience at Purdue and the memories they cherish.

To view photos taken by photographer Ed Lausch, click here and use the username “2013dvmmixer” and password “2013purduedvm”.

Class of 88Class of 1988 members (left-right) Front Row: Nancy Rich, Gillian Kemp, Kim Taylor, Katherine Skiff Kane, Kelly Chandler, Lisa Preston, Penny Dowden, Emily Williamson, Laura Downey; Second Row: Amelia Wollums, Patty deWet, Tamara Zeliff, Patricia Barber, Karen Cornell, Kelley Young, Lisa Grasso, Mark Carlson, Stephanie Smith; Back Row: J. Lee White, Jim Zeliff, Lisa Banker, David Grasso, Curtis Eng, Kimberly Livezey, Helen Tuzio (ECFVG program student who joined the class for the senior clinical blocks), and Debra Reyman.


Mitch DanielsPurdue President Mitch Daniels pauses for an impromptu photo shoot with JR Chaille, son of Dr. Richard Chaille (PU DVM ’78) and veterinary student Richard Miller of the DVM Class of 2017.


Class of 68Members of the Class of 1968 celebrate as they are introduced as the 45th Reunion Class