On behalf of the Catlin Gabel alumni association and board, we invite alumni families to join us for Alumni Weekend

Alumni come from far and wide to be a part of the celebrations and reunions that take place during this exciting weekend. Let's gather as a community to create new memories and celebrate the milestones of classes ending in 1 and 6. Stay tuned for event-specific details.To stay abreast of all event details, be sure to read the alumni e-newsletter, check the website, and join us on Facebook "Catlin Gabel Alums". Thank you to the alumni weekend planning committee! 

To register for the Pine Cone Guild Luncheon or the Celebration of Leadership & Service please email

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pine Cone Guild Luncheon

11:30 a.m. Creative Arts Center

 RSVP requested


4:15 p.m. Girls; 6:15 p.m. Boys

Murphy Athletic Complex

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Alumni Soccer Game

9:30 a.m. Murphy Athletic Complex

Celebration of Leadership & Service

11:30 to 3 p.m.

  • Alumni Luncheon, The Barn
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards, Miller Library
  • ALUMNItalks, Miller Library

RSVP requested


This event is a series of five-minute mini-lectures on various topics of interest by professionally diverse alumni. Below is just a sneak peak at three of our six presenters. Stay tuned as we highlight our alumni speakers in the days and weeks leading up to Alumni Weekend. 

Don Shifrin '66  Pediatrician, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, will detail how his Catlin Gabel education prepared him for his career as a physician and pediatrician.

Jelani Greenidge '94 "Stand Up for Yourself"- a brief introduction of stand-up comedy and its potential for self-expression and activism.

Ramsey McPhillips '76  "How to fight Goliath... and win!"- 5th generation Oregon farmer Ramsey McPhillips '76 makes the case for Oregon's unique land use and community activism that has saved his working 150-year old family farm from the threat of industrial sprawl.

Ilan Caron '72 "From Catlin Gabel to Google: not a straight line" Catlin in the 60s and 70s. College dropout (Reed). Left the USA. Then picked some avocados and milked some cows.  Got interested in math and computer science on the way. So finished college (Tel-Aviv) and grad school  (Stanford) in the 80s.   Had two children, came back to the USA, worked for Microsoft, left the USA, came back to the USA, worked for Google.  Rinse and repeat.

Nkenge Harmon Johnson '93- President and CEO of the Urban League of Portland hopes to address issues of poverty in the Black community, and disparities in higher education. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and the District of Columbia Bar. Politics has played an important role in Nkenge’s professional career, having served as a strategic staff member in communications, campaigns, constituency outreach, and legislative matters for several members of Congress. She also served as a Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative in the Obama administration, with national and international public affairs responsibilities focused on the Americas and China. 

Karen Hardigg '95-"Rural Development through Land Stewardship." Revitalizing rural communities through public and private land stewardship

In her role as Program Director at Wallowa Resources, Karen Hardigg coordinates the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC).  Launched in 2001, RVCC represents a diverse group of community based organizations promoting balanced, conservation-based approaches to the ecological and economic problems facing the rural West. Before joining Wallowa Resources, Karen spent eight years working in Southeast Alaska on community forestry, forest stewardship, restoration and public land policy both at The Wilderness Society and The Nature Conservancy.



Elisabeth Wright '66 Harpsichord Recital

5 p.m. Creative Arts Center

RSVP requested

Harpsichordist and fortepianist Elisabeth Wright is noted for her versatility as soloist and chamber musician, and for her expertise in the art of basso continuo improvisation. Following graduate studies with Gustav Leonhardt at the Amsterdam (now Sweelinck) Conservatory, she has maintained a distinguished international career performing in such noted venues as Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Aston Magna, Lufthansa of London, Vancouver Early Music, Tage alter Musik, Sydney Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Festival Cervantino, Musica Antica Bolzano, Festival de Estella, and Festivals in Belo Horizonte and Campinas, Brazil and in Beijing. Soloist with Tafelmusik, Lyra, Portland, Seattle, Indianapolis and other Baroque Orchestras, she is member of Duo Geminiani, with violinist Stanley Ritchie and has performed with Música Ficta, an ensemble founded in Colombia dedicated to Spanish and Latin American Baroque repertoire, with Bloomington Baroque, and with numerous artists of international renown.  

Professor at the Historical Performance Institute of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington since 1982, she is in demand for master classes and seminars pertaining to performance practices of music from late 16th – 18th century. She has frequently served as guest faculty, outside specialist and adjudicator at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, Holland. A perpetual student of languages and interested in the relationship between music and text, she wrote a chapter about musical settings of poetry by Giambattista Marino in The Sense of Marino: Literature, Fine Arts and Music. Translator of part of Max Sobel’s scholarly edition of the Complete Works of Francesco Bonporti for Indiana University Press, she has written reviews for Early Keyboard Journal. Founding member of The Seattle Early Music Guild and Bloomington Early Music, she served on the board of Early Music America, and as panelist for PEW, PennPat and NEA.

Recent recordings include: Bach il francese e l’italien:  Ouverture in the French Manner and Partita VI in e for solo harpsichord

Reasoned Madness: Harpsichord music of J.S. Bach with the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Toccata in e, Fantasia and fugue in a, and English Suite no. 6 in d.

Dos Estrellas le Siguen: Xácaras y Danzas del siglo XVII en España y América Latina with Música Ficta 

 “In Stile Moderno: Italian music of the early seventeenth century” with Manfredo Kramer, Michael McCraw and Lola Costoyos. 

Class Reunions

6p.m. locations vary, see below for more details


Class Reunions

Catlin Gabel will recognize the reunions of class years ending in 1 and 6. Individual class celebrations take place because reunion year alumni volunteer to coordinate class parties, with the support of the alumni relations office you can help your class have a fun and memorable reunion.

All reunions will take place on Saturday, October 8, at 6 p.m. unless otherwise specified


Class of 1966:
5 p.m. Harpsicord Recital by Elisabeth Wright '66 in the Creative Arts Center
6 p.m. Dinner in the Creative Arts Center Gallery
Contact cgclass1966@gmail for more details
Class organizers: Margot Voorhies Thompson '66 and Tom Tucker '66

Class of 1971:
Dinner at the home of Katharine Cahn '71
Class organizers: Camilla Streeter '71 and Katharine Cahn '71

Class of 1976:
Class Dinner
Dant House Faculty Lounge
Class organizers: Hester Buell Carr '76 and Elizabeth Rondthaler Jolley '76

Class of 1981:
Reunion Organizers needed!

Class of 1986:
Party at the home of John Olson, contact your organizer for details.
Class organizers: Katie Wisdom Weinstein '86

Class of 1991:
Class organizers: D'Artagnan Bernard Caliman '91 (unofficially) and Miranda Wellman '91

Class of 1996:

 MS Commons
Class organizers:Leif Julen '96 (formerly Leif Palmer) and Pete Gail '96


Class of 2001:
Beehive Well
Class organizer: Tyler Francis '01


Class of 2006:
5:30 p.m. on Friday 10/7/16
Meet in Dant 10 then head to Homecoming together
Class organizers: Bowman Leigh '06 and Bobby Bonaparte '06

Class of 2011:
 Vollum #3.
Contact organizers for more details.
Class organizers: Nina Greenebaum '11 and Kate McMurchie '11


2016 Reunion Planning Handbook

Help make your reunion a success! Plan early and communicate often. 

Reunions: a two-way street

It’s great for you to keep up with friends and bring your class together to celebrate and remember your time at Catlin Gabel, and great for the school to share the campus, have your help in updating records, and invite class awareness and support of the school. We can hardly wait!

March and April: Build a committee

Pull together a core group of people who will share the responsibilities. Include various social groups and both men and women if you can- but the key thing is having people who want to help make reunion happen.

What will committee members do, anyway?

  • Connect with classmates by email and telephone to update files, find classmates, send invitations, etc.
  • Develop plans for the kind of Saturday party you want
  • Consider making a class gift or memorial tribute
  • Create a follow-up class mailing and/or notes for the Caller

March through September: COMMUNICATE!

Talk up coming to reunion, confirm information, find lost classmates! The alumni relations office will provide you with data for your class, mailing labels if you need them, and post class-specific reunion information on the Catlin Gabel website. Some classes use Google Doc spreadsheet to corral information as it changes, and it is easy to return the final version to the alumni relations office.

Typical communications:

  • Use calls, e-mails, and text to class members to gather news, find lost classmates
  • June or early July—use a mailing or social media to spread word of the party you are planning
  • Late August – send class party invitations by mail or social media.

April-May-June: plan your Saturday event

  • Do you want a dressy or casual event?
  • How many do you think will come? Will you include spouses? Children? Faculty?
  • Will you serve a meal? Hors d’oeuvres only? Buffet? Potluck? Picnic style? Sit-down?
  • What location fits your expectations? Who will arrange it?
  • Do you expect to offer beer, or wine, or mixed drinks? Provided, no-host, or BYO?
  • Will there be decorations, activities, a slide show or movies, etc.? Classmates and school archives may lend things for display—photos, yearbooks, memorabilia such as quilts or time capsules
  • Do you need to plan for childcare or children’s activities, or for handicapped access?
  • What will you charge per person?
  • Who will create the invitation? How will you send it? When?
  • Who will receive RSVP’s and collect money?

September: finalize details

  • Complete the head count for your party
  • Confirm your choice of venue and any associated needs (tables/ chairs; AV equipment, heaters)
  • Complete menu planning with caterer, if used, or participants
  • Follow up with classmates working on displays, presentations, décor, etc.

October: have a great time!


Consider a reunion gift to the school

Some reunion classes choose to make a gift to support a campus project, perhaps in honor of a deceased classmate or admired faculty member. The office can provide a list of needs and opportunities such as underwriting an educational program or financial aid, or even t-shirts for the chess team. Naming opportunities are reserved for major donors, and gifts of art must be planned with the school.

How do we pay for this? 


Communications—The alumni relations office sends general reunion announcements at no cost to alumni, if you choose to send a class party invitation you may request a portion be reimbursed by the alumni relations office if you document your mailing expenditures.


Class party budget—Dinner expenses are the responsibility of the participants. Costs will depend on the style of party you choose, and might range from very moderate (an on-campus potluck) to very pricey (a dinner cruise on the Columbia). The school does not charge to use campus space for class events during reunion weekend, and there are numerous suitable sites (see back cover). Meeting at a classmate’s home is also a great option. A potluck dinner is a low-cost approach, and gives people a sense of ownership about the event; a catered meal is more expensive. In addition, many local restaurants and pubs have private rooms and provide food and bar services for parties. Occasionally a class has held its party at a private club, but this is the exception rather than the rule.


How the alumni relations office will help you


  • We will provide you with class lists and mailing labels and supplies if needed, as well as use of copy machines on campus.
  • We will send reunion information through a save-the-date notice, the school website, and social media. We will send a formal Alumni Weekend invitation in the summer, and reunion e-invitations specific to each class.
  • We will reserve campus space on your behalf, and arrange set-up help from school staff based on a needs list from the committee (tables, chairs, television/VCR/DVD player, slide projector, screens, garbage and recycling containers, tents and/or heaters etc.).


On campus reunion sites to consider


ADA-accessible restrooms are available in all locations


  • Jubitz conference room (capacity to 25): ample serving counter, large table, view of Schauff Circle


  • Dant House faculty lounge (capacity to 30): bay windows, fireplace, access to paved courtyard


  • Vollum 3 (capacity to 40): large classroom, partially covered deck, Paddock view


  • MS Commons (capacity to 80): casual space with courtyard, Paddock view*


  • Beehive courtyard (capacity to 100): completely covered outdoor area *


  • Creative Arts Center (capacity to 100): student art gallery, sliding doors to courtyard *


  • Fir Grove (capacity to 300): rough terrain, Fire pit and gazebos, Barn plaza for heated tent *


*The school has a limited number of party tents and space heaters, so reserve spaces and equipment as soon as possible.


Sites listed are regularly used for school and outside events. Other campus locations may be available for a reunion party; make a request through the alumni relations office.

Alumni Weekend 2015 Schedule Highlights

Friday | October 9

The Pine Cone Guild’s 50th Reunion Luncheon

11:30 a.m., Cabell Center

Catlin Gabel School is proud to welcome back alumni celebrating the 50-year mark of your graduation. In honor of your 50th anniversary, we invite you to join fellow graduates from the last 50 years for an opportunity to reconnect, and reminisce during our annual luncheon, as we officially welcome you into the newly named Pine Cone Guild.


Boys 5 p.m. / girls 7 p.m., Murphy Athletic Complex

Saturday | October 10

Happening throughout the day: student-led campus tours, Alumni Story Project & Kids’ activities

Alumni Soccer Game

9:30 a.m., Murphy Athletic Complex

Celebration of Leadership & Service

11 a.m., Miller Library

Join us as we recognize the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Honorees: J. Mary Taylor '48, Robin Schauffler '68, Nkenge Harmon Johnson '93; and Joey Day Pope '54 Volunteer Award recipient Paul Dickinson.

A Toast to Reunions

Noon, The Barn

Join us for a festive and family friendly reunion celebration!  All CGS alumni, staff, faculty, and guests are invited to this celebration

Lunch sponsored by CGS


1:45 p.m., Gerlinger Hall

Alumni will present TEDtalk style mini-lectures on various areas of expertise. Speakers: Erik Bergman '69, Bobby Bonaparte '06, Claire Darling '88, Henry Wessinger '72, Nancy Judd '86

A 21st Century Education: Technology, Learning, and Values at Catlin Gabel

3 p.m., Gerlinger Hall

A moderated faculty panel: Renee Jenkinson, US Health & Creative Writing; Veronica Ledoux, US Science; Brendan Gill, MS Media Arts; Rob Van Nood, Educational Technology Coordinator; and Ann Fyfield, MS Humanities

Trivia Hour!

4 p.m., The Barn

Reunion Class Parties

6 p.m.


Individual reunion class parties for reunion years ending in 0 and 5. If you are interested in coordinating your reunion class party please email the alumni relations office,

Join us for the launch of the Alumni Story Project! Sharing and preserving the stories of our community.

Regional Events

Regional associations are composed of alumni, former faculty, and other friends of Catlin Gabel in a given geographical area. Programs include social, cultural, and educational events, community service projects, and networking opportunities. New energy and ideas are always welcome! If you would like to host, plan or be a guest speaker at a regional event please contact Sprinavasa Brown '02, alumni program director.


Seattle Chapter

San Francisco Chapter

Los Angeles Chapter

New York Chapter

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