When the twenty-fifth reunion class comes back to sing "Fair Harvard" and glory in the memories of the good old days, they will start out with one distinction already theirs. 1931 will be the largest reunion class in Harvard history, with its attendance exceeding 1500.
The class will assemble in Cambridge for five days, during which time they will present a sum, probably in excess of $300,000, to President Pusey for the College's unrestricted use, "jamboree" at the Essex County Club, and watch "Kismet" at the North Shore Music Center.
"How Can We Lose?"
Since the organizers of the reunion are all Harvardmen, they have figured out everything. If rain should kill "jamboree" proceedings, Kismet will be given in the afternoon instead of the evening, as is planned for fair weather. "That way, how can we lose?" asks Pliny Jewell, Jr., optimistic reunion committee chairman.
Acting as chief marshal for the class will be C. Douglas Dillon, U.S. envoy to France and chairman of Dillon, Read and Company. He follows in the footsteps of Robert H. Bradford '23, ex-Governor of Massachusetts, and William G. Salton-stall '28, principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, a well-known New Hampshire boys school.
The Class of '31 appears to be a very diverse group. Although it boasts no college president, as did the Class of '28, it does have large numbers of publishers, musicians, authors, artists, and even three art museum directors. Such an impressive array of talent will probably go unnoticed, however, as the customs of class reunions have not tended too strongly to the examination of individual achievements of a post-graduate nature.