The Half-Century Club: Classes of 1960-69

The 1960s—an epic era. An iconic news program debuted. History was made in aerospace on earth and in orbit. And to top it all off, you graduated!

Share your memories of an epic era at Booth with friends old and new at Reconnect 2019.

 

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Celebrate Your 50-Year Reunions

The 1960s were all about progress. Now the nation's oldest newsmagazine on television, 60 Minutes debuted on CBS. A new frontier was reached in space as Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon. The decade also saw the launch of Boeing's 747, the first "Jumbo Jet".


Celebrate your wonderful memories of that era with your friends, classmates, faculty, staff, and alumni across the generations at Reconnect 2019.

Reconnect 2019

May 3–4, 2019

Chicago, Illinois

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To see the full list of all Reconnect attendees, please visit our Why Attend page.

List updated weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Who's Coming

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First Name Last Name Class Year Program Company
First Name Last Name Class Year Program Company
Douglas X Adams 1964 Evening MBA Adams Valuation Corp
Dennis Chookaszian 1968
Jose Armando Eduque 1968 Full Time MBA
Larry Ewald 1963 Full Time MBA
Dennis Keller 1968 Full Time MBA
Jerry Levin 1968 Full Time MBA JW Levin Management Partners LLC
Ernest (Ernie) Levine 1968 Full Time MBA Admiral Tool & Mfg. Company
Pat Monahan 1962 Full Time MBA Monahan Partners
Thomas {Tim] Monahan 1963 Full Time MBA The Thomas Monahan Company Handles, Inc.
William Park II 1968 Full Time MBA
David Rentschler 1968 Full Time MBA
Fred Steingraber 1964 Full Time MBA
Jack Wadsworth 1963 Full Time MBA Morgan Stanley

To volunteer to be a committee member for your class, please fill out the form on the Volunteer page.


Program Co-Chairs

Dennis Keller, ’68
Robert McCormack, ’68

 

Committee Members

Dave Landsittel, ’63
Pat Monahan, ’64
Tim Monahan, ’65

Booth Meant Business
Dennis J. Keller, '68

The University of Chicago is important to my family. My mother enrolled in the College in 1929 but was unable to finish due to finances. Newly married in 1967, I was ready to develop my own entrepreneurial ideas and enrolled at what was then the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB).

I worked for four years after undergrad, so I was used to wearing a suit and tie each day. I liked the professional commitment of it. I decided that for the 15 months of studies, my business was the GSB, and I continued wearing a tie because I was going to dress for business.

Thinking back to my time on campus, I learned things that I have used and have helped me from many of the courses I took. My teachers were terrific, and a number of them became friends that I have kept ever since. In fact, professors I never even took a course from became influential friends.

Since graduation, I’ve remained close to Booth. I love most that the faculty and the school always strive to find new ways to look at things, new ways to do things. I have enjoyed watching the business school evolve over the years, including the addition of the Charles M. Harper Center in 2004. It was soul-stirring to see how much the students loved it. They didn’t go home. They would stay all day into the evening. The Harper Center has fundamentally enhanced the spirit of cohesion and unity at Booth.

The relationship my wife, Connie, and I have with the university has grown with our family. All three of our sons—Jeff, ’97, a member of Chicago Booth’s first International MBA class; John Templeton, or “Temp,” ’07 (XP-76); and David, JD ’08—had wonderful experiences
at the University of Chicago.

I am excited by the opportunity we have to bring the class of 1968 together again on campus in April. I look forward to the chance to talk about our shared experiences while catching up on all that has happened over the years.

Dennis J. Keller is cofounder and retired chair and CEO of DeVry Education Group (now Adtalem Global Education) and currently serves as director emeritus and senior advisor. He is a trustee of the university and co-chair of the Booth class of 1968 reunion committee.

Snowed In
Norman R. Bobins, '67


I used to commute to school, and there is one drive that I can vividly recall. It was January 26, 1967, the day of the Great Chicago Snowstorm. I left home, made it to Fullerton on outer Lakeshore Drive, and 45 minutes later had only made it to North Avenue —so one exit. I exited Lakeshore thinking, “This is crazy,” parked my car in a garage, and headed back home, not yet knowing how bad it would be. It turned out being the worst snowstorm Chicago had ever had.


Reflecting on my classes, I think there is one many of my classmates will remember fondly, just as I do. It was taught by Dr. Robert McKersie. We were separated into five or six groups and ran our own company in a competitive environment. It was a computer simulation, which was really new and interesting because it hadn’t been done before. We had to input our own data using a UNIVAC computer. It wasn’t just about doing well, it was challenging; it was competitive. We got hands-on experience in making big business decisions and were able to see the impact these decisions made.


I look forward to returning to Booth in May and seeing my classmates. I challenge them to recall stories like where they were during the Great Chicago Snowstorm, so we can reminisce together and reconnect on our old stomping grounds.


Norman R. Bobins is Chairman of The PrivateBank and Trust Company in Chicago, Illinois, and a co-chair of the Class of 1967 reunion committee.

Traveling the World Together
Jim B. Nicholson, '67


When I was choosing a business school, it was the time of Milton Friedman and George Stigler at the University of Chicago. I knew people were dealing with thought-provoking ideas and, I wanted to be a part of it—Chicago Booth, or as we knew it, the Graduate School of Business, was where I needed to be.


My favorite thing about my time in school was being in class with a lot of really great, bright people. The two people I knew best there, I still keep in close contact with. This is the 25th year Norm Bobins and I have ventured out on a golf trip, and the fifth anniversary of the “last time we’re doing it.” Every year, we think, “This is it,” and then, in fact, spring comes and we do it again. We’ve really been all over the world together to play golf—Australia, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, South Africa, and more. It’s been a very warm friendship that stemmed from our time in school together.


Chicago has really put a stamp on me, and I get back with some frequency, but I’m most excited to see people I haven’t seen in a very long time at Reconnect. I’m looking forward to seeing as many people as I can over the weekend.


Jim B. Nicholson is Chairman of PVS Chemicals, Inc. in Detroit, Michigan, and a co-chair of the Class of 1967 reunion committee.


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