Classmates and members of greater Deerfield Family,
Had a chance to return to the Deerfield campus this weekend for the Bobby Merriam memorial service held in the Brick Church yesterday afternoon. The main floor was entirely filled with family and friends. Rev. Peter Ives, ’61 (our own Bobby Ives’s older brother) conducted the wonderful and touching service.
Our class was well represented by Andy Steele, Billy Burns, Alec Megibow, Peter Montori, and me. A reception was held in the “Browsing Library” immediately following the service.
The link below provided highlights from the service. Key participants included Bobby’s granddaughters reading one of his poems written especially for them, former Headmaster Eric Widmer and his wife, along with Rev. Ives:
Andy, Alec, and I had a conversation with Mary Merriam and both invited her to our up-coiming 50th reunion next June and informed her that our 50th Reunion Yearbook would be appropriately dedicated to Bobby. As you’ll remember our 1965 Pocumtuck was also dedicated to Mr. Merriam. We also had a chance to speak with Coach Jim and Carol Smith, Bob Hammond, Chuck Demers among others. It was truly an uplifting afternoon.
Karen and I had spent Friday evening with Billy Burns and his lovely wife Ronnie. Billy is going to be very active in stimulating interest to attend our 50th among football-basketball-and baseball “jocks” from in our class and former day students. Thanks Billy.
I also had a nice visit with Head of School Margarita Curtis who is beginning her 9th year at Deerfield. The school remains in very good hands.
Wishing everyone a fine fall. Randy Hack is hosting a mini reunion in NYC and Geoff Keyes will be hosting one in southern CA in October. Formal invitations have been or will be mailed shortyl. If you are in the general area, I hope you will attend.
See you at our 50th now less than 9 months away!