Alumni from eight decades spanning two millennia mixed and mingled, laughed and reminisced during a weekend filled with Homecoming activities.
Ellostein Wright of Vestavia Hills, Class of 1934, won the award as the alumna representing the earliest class at Saturday's breakfast for Class of 1951 and earlier alumni. Dr. August Lovegren of Cedartown, Ga., Class of 1942, took the male award.
Beth Gresham, a member of the Class of 2001, came from Lexington, Ky., for her first Homecoming as a graduate. "I thought that I might not get to attend for a while, and I could this time, so why not?" she said during a Missionary Kid reunion following the football game.
She met MKs Nathan '88 and Liesl Yoars Varner '88, M.S.Ed. '89, who brought their four children to experience Homecoming. "This football game outcome was far better than that of my first Homecoming here as a student," recalled Nathan, contrasting a lopsided defeat during the early days of football's return in the 1980s with this year's 31-8 success against UT-Martin.
The reunion for MKs was one of several designed to allow former members of organizations to meet, regardless of class year. Graduates of Samford's Metro College evening program enjoyed their first reunion, as did former members of the Student Recruitment Team and the 1991 football team that went 12-2 and finished third in the nation.
A trio of sisters and their husbands formed a happy family unit. Enjoying the breakfast were: Dorothy Perkinson Edgar '48 and her husband, Deric Edgar '48, of Dallas, Texas; Margie Perkinson Wallace '48 and her husband, Dick Wallace '48, of Birmingham; and Edith Perkinson Oldham '50 and her husband, Gene Oldham '50, of Carthage, Tenn.
The sisters, who lived in Acipco in west Birmingham, rode the streetcar to the campus, located then in East Lake. Dorothy, the elder of the three, recalled dropping out of school to work during World War II, putting her in the same graduation class as Margie. "Tuition was just $100 a semester then, but that was a lot at that time," she remembered.
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