Reunion Weekend 2012
Reunion Weekend 2012 was a great time for alumni to plug in to the life of the medical school. This year, the more than 200 alumni who returned to the MCV Campus April 20–22 not only celebrated the anniversary of their medical school graduation. They also reconnected with classmates, advised current students and got a first-hand look at new facilities like the Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety.
Each year, Reunion Weekend is special because of the unique classes and alumni who return to Richmond. This year:
- Current School of Medicine students joined returning alumni for tours, parties and a career fair. Some graduates, like Dr. Jared Florance, M’82, shared a special connection with today’s students — he was related to one. Dr. Florance’s daughter, Emilija, is a first-year student and a Reunion Weekend tour guide. Dr. Gaylord Ray, M’77, also spent some of the weekend with his son, Chris, the first-year class president and keynote speaker at the Grand Alumni Dinner.
- While spending the weekend in Richmond, one couple celebrated more than their medical school reunion. Drs. Victoria and William Dowling, M’92, commemorated their 16th wedding anniversary. These classmates met on the MCV Campus and married after graduation.
- One reunion class chair was determined to reunite his classmates 65 years after their medical school graduation. Dr. John “Pete” Byrd, M’47, inspired nine classmates to return for the Grand Alumni Dinner.
- The accomplishments of two distinguished alumni were celebrated during Reunion Weekend: The Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award went to Diane J. Sansonetti, M’77, H’85; and H. George White, M’62, was recognized with the Caravati Service Award. Read more about the careers and contributions of Dr. Sansonetti and Dr. White.
- Alumni raised more than $825,000 through the Class Giving program! Alumni from the Classes of 1962, 1972 and 1977 chose to support the new Medical Education Building. These classes leave a lasting imprint on the building: specific spaces in the new building will be named in honor of the classes’ generosity. The other seven classes invested in student scholarships, directing their gifts to the Annual Fund. These gifts will have a direct impact on today’s students, providing them with scholarship support and with an example of the tradition of alumni involvement on the MCV Campus.