50 Calls for a Reunion

Honoring the tradition of their school days, 11 Emory friends reunite again after 32 years.

By Michelle Valigursky

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The Faces of Friendship: From left to right are Emory friends Scott Sellman 87C of MD, Pete Ross 87B 92L of GA, Paul Mallen 87B of NJ, Jonathan Lyons 87C of GA, David Hassman 87C of NJ, David Reitman 87C of FL with his daughter, Saul Scherl 87B of NJ, David Brodsky 87B of TX, Jay Fisher 87B of FL, Mori Krantz 87C of CO, and Jonathan Slater 87C of FL. 

How do you celebrate a 50th birthday in bold Emory style? For 11 friends who met as freshman at Emory, the momentous occasion calls for a special kind of Jazz Fest party in New Orleans. “For 32 years, we’ve stayed in touch,” says David Hassman 87C, organizer of the reunion. “Our 50th birthdays were a happy occasion to get together.”

Living and working across the country, these men reunited at Emory for their 25th class reunion in 2012. “We’re all really big Emory supporters. We do interviews for prospective students, we attend Emory events, and we keep in touch,” Hassman says. “Since some of us only get to see each other at Emory events, this was a special kind of getaway.”

An avid outdoor sportsman, Hassman is a physician practicing family medicine in his New Jersey practice. He spent six months organizing this reunion of fellow alumni doctors, lawyers, financiers, management professionals, and Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity brothers.

“The weekend was full of great food, great New Orleans spirit, and great music,” Hassman said. He shared that the weekend was “very reflective.” While reliving familiar moments of their past, “getting together again was great for bonding without distractions of the world. We made new memories that will last forever.”

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Is your Emory graduating class having an on-campus reunion this year at Homecoming? Learn more and keep in touch with your classmates by sharing your own class note. Homecoming Weekend 2015 is September 24-27.

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Michelle Valigursky