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Swarthmore Class of 1977 WWW page

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This web site is intended to improve connections and communication between members of the Swarthmore College Class of 1977. Although set up in March 2007 in connection with the 30th class reunion, it is hoped that this page will continue as a resource beyond the reunion, and that it will also serve to connect class members who cannot attend the reunion in person.

To start with, we have an indexed collection of class notes and class member profiles from the Swarthmore Alumni Bulletin and an online edition of our freshman year Cygnet. More material will be added as inspiration demands and time permits. Suggestions are welcome!

Parts of this site are password-protected. To get access, just email me for the password.

What's Here

What's New

Swarthmore College Bulletin

Thirty years of Alumni Notes

To look up a particular individual, you might like to try the Index (an HTML table) to Swarthmore Bulletin Articles. If you just want to browse through history, click on the date of the desired article in the list below.

There are online Swarthmore Bulletin archives, dating from 1996, but those archives do not include class notes.

January 1978July 1978 January 1979August 1979
February 1980August 1980 March 1981September 1981
April 1982August 1982 September 1983
March 1984September 1984 April 1985November 1985
June 1986 January 1987July 1987
February 1988September 1988 April 1989November 1989
May 1990November 1990 May 1991November 1991
May 1992December 1992 May 1993December 1993
May 1994November 1994 May 1995November 1995
May 1996November 1996 June 1997December 1997
June 1998December 1998 June 1999December 1999
June 2000December 2000 June 2001December 2001
June 2002December 2002 June 2003December 2003
June 2004December 2004 June 2005December 2005
June 2006 June 2007
January 2009
January 2010July 2010 January 2011July 2011
January 2012July 2012 July 2013
January 2014July 2014 Winter 2015

Feature stories about Class of '77 members

Deceased alumni in Class of '77

The following members of our class have died, according to College records:

Another 34 classmates are listed as “Lost”, meaning that the Alumni Office has been unable to track them down (though they could be perfectly healthy and happy nevertheless). Susan Abrecht, Stacy Block, Robert Breger, James Dill, Jeffrey Francis, Katherine Holmes, Michael Hutter, Jon Kaplan, Fred Kardonski, Madeleine Kearns, Mara Kreslins, David LaCour, Clotilde I. Nevares, John Opar, Ziya Ozkahyaoglu, Paul Peterson, Alan Petrine, Arthur Phillpotts, Stanley Reybitz, Bracken Rourke, Roger Sample, Deborah Schiffman, Judith Shriar, Joseph Spirito, Eve Stonehill, Matthew Weinstein, David White, Stuart White, Sean Wood, and Steven Woodward.

Some “lost” alums turned up at the reunion, including Eric Gaal and Will Jump. If you have news of anybody else in the above list, drop me a line!

Electronic Cygnet

Clicking on one of the links below will begin downloading a gallery of pictures scanned from the 1977 Cygnet. These are JPG pictures, about 50K each, which adds up to nearly 18 MB for the entire class. If you have a slow connection, it might help to set your browser to not automatically download images. The images have a text string description (the person's name) which is displayed when the image is not, and you can read that description before you decide whether you want to manually download the image by clicking on it.

Note also that you can access one individual's picture by clicking the name in the Index to the Alumni Notes (above). The Index is not a large document, although displaying it might make your browser work a little.

Due to size limitations, the picture gallery has been divided up into sections, organized alphabetically by last name. Click below to go to a section.



Here are some facts about the Class of 1977, gleaned from the online Swarthmore Alumni directory. The Directory has entries for 350 members of the class. Of course, many entries are outdated or incorrect, but an effort has been made to keep them accurate.


Given separately is a list of all the career types and job titles (most likely self-defined) from the online directory. This information is not present for everyone, but there are entries for 304 of the 350 class members. Interestingly, there are no poets (decadent or otherwise) listed! There are plenty of writers and editors, however. Most popular professions (an arbitrary summary and categorizaton of the list):

Where we live

Here is a list of where Class of 1977 alumni live, by state or country (of the 350 listings for our class, 324 have a state or country of residence). The list is in order of how many alumni live there.

New York (53), California (45), Pennsylvania (31), Massachusetts (26), Maryland (20), New Jersey (18), Colorado (15), Virginia (10), Connecticut (9), New Hampshire (8), Texas (8), Illinois (7), Vermont (7), North Carolina (6), Florida (5), Ohio (5), Michigan (5), Washington (5), Arizona (3), District of Columbia (3), Minnesota (3), Kansas (2), Louisiana (2), Rhode Island (2), Wisconsin (2).

Plus one each in the following states: Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming.

Foreign locales: England: 3 (Cambridge, Kent and Leicester); Germany: 2 (Tuebingen and Gauting); and one each in Quebec, Nicaragua, Panama (Colon), Japan (Yokohama), and Sweden (Gothenburg).

Class Member Links

Given here are links to class member web sites or other information. I'll be glad to post (or remove) these links by request.

Alice Zinnes Drawing-Bring the Past Forward

Historical Documents

Here are some things from the past that might be of interest. Suggestions and submissions for this section are welcome!

Swarthmore College Catalogue

Here is information about the College from the 1975–1976 Catalogue. More stuff will be added as time permits.

Is Parrish Burning?

Now that Parrish has been completely renovated (and climate-controlled), it is a bit harder to remember the days when people worried about the old-newspaper insulation catching on fire and sending the building up like a Roman candle. This anxiety had something to do with the 1975 Hamburg show, called Is Parrish Burning? (do they still have Hamburg shows??). At the June 2007 reunion, a copy of the original cast recording LP was found in the Swarthmoreana collection of McCabe Library. Some day we hope to have MP3 files of the performance (recorded March 29, 1975, at Clothier Auditorium—Parrish is still here, but Clothier Auditorium is not). Here are the lyrics to the title song:

Is Parrish burning?
You know I can't believe it's true
Is there an era turning?
Yes, I'd like to think so too.

But you know it makes me kind of sad
To see the old girl go down so fast
Among those flames so many dreams
And so many memories

Is Parrish burning?
I guess it's seen better days
And we keep on learning
It's just an inevitable phase.

You see this is time number four
But our hero's here for sure
There's Vincent Kling, he's just the thing
He'll rebuild it in the spring

We are the only people who keep it alive
Visit it every day of our Swarthmore lives
And if you say it won't come back--that's the end
You just don't see the loyalty among the diversity

And is Parrish burning?
You know it takes you by the heart
And through the smokey haze we're gonna make it
We're gonna make a new start

Freshman Orientation

Crum Creak Blues, alternative freshman handbook

Remember the “pseudo-subversive alternative” freshman orientation handbook? A based but very practical guide to all aspects of the College and the surrounding community, it might bring back some memories of the way things were in 1973.

Click to get a PDF of the page images (you really can't do it justice with OCR). Twenty pages, PDF size = 3.4 MP, but optimized for fast web viewing.

Authorship, Acknowledgements and Disclaimers

This and associated pages were compiled and written by Peter E. Pulsifer '77 for the use and enjoyment of other members of the Class of '77. There is no official connection between Swarthmore College and either Peter Pulsifer or the materials on these pages, and I take sole responsibility for these materials. Comments, suggestions, and volunteered help are most welcome. I have all kinds of ideas on improvements, but limited time and energy.

Date of last modification: September 28, 2015.