Vassar Quarterly - Spring/Summer 2017 - 45
All in the Family
One unusual family gathered on campus for Commencement this spring-one that counts a whopping
11 Vassar alums among them! Relatives traveled from as far away as Seattle to celebrate its newest
graduate, Tyler Hamashima. Shown with Tyler, center, are Rebecca Hyde '92 and Alison Church
Hyde '59 (his aunt and grandmother) and Mariko Hamashima '14 and Heather Hyde Hamashima '85
(his sister and mother). Eleanor Church Anderson '71 and her son Tobias '98 hosted a party for the
graduate. Here, Tyler holds the field-hockey jersey of his great-grandmother Helen McCarthy Hyde
'22, who so loved Vassar that a restoration of the front lobby of the Alumnae House, funded by her son
Arthur, was undertaken in her honor.
Bonding in Iceland
Leading up to their 50th Reunion (in 2019), members of the class of 1969 wanted a chance to do something fun together. Why not a trip to Iceland? It was the first time Vassar had built a trip around one class,
says Susan Quade, who runs the Vassar Travel Program, but she says it probably won't be the last, judging
by how amazing the experience was. In Iceland, alums found a captivating geological wonderland with
colossal glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glacial rivers and lagoons, cascading waterfalls,
and moss-covered lava fields. They even got a glimpse at the crème de le crème of sights, the Aurora
Borealis. The trip was hosted by Professor of Earth Science Jill Schneiderman and Associate Professor of
Economics Bob Rebelein. For more information on Vassar Travel, visit alums.vassar.edu/services/travel.
Marlin Slutsky, Lawrence Weisman, and
John-Paul Summerskill, all '87, enjoy a
pre-Reunion get-together at Flying Puck in
NYC, complete with "serious unhealthy food
eating and hockey watching." Nice to know
that classmates are keeping in touch! Have
you gotten together with a big group of
alums at a mini-Reunion? A Vassar-packed
wedding? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vino on the Bay
Alexandria Dempsey '09, above, hosted a
wine tasting in Oakland, CA, for members of
the Vassar Club of the Bay Area this March.
Dempsey, co-president of the club, is a
Certified Specialist of Wine and shares the
joy of vino with others by teaching wine
classes in her spare time.
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