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Class of 1961 returns to Lamar Nov. 4-5

It’s been 50 years since the class of 1961 graduated from Lamar University, back when the top songs on the radio included Dion’s “Runaround Sue,” Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Ben E. King’s timeless ballad, “Stand By Me.” 1961 was also the year Haley Mills played twins in “The Parent Trap,” Natalie Wood played Maria in “West Side Story,” and John F. Kennedy was sworn in to office as the 35th president.

During the weekend of Nov. 4-5, members of the class of 1961 will return to Lamar University to reminisce about their time at Lamar at their 50th Anniversary Reunion.

Reunion activities will begin Friday, Nov. 4, with a welcome reception and dinner in the Dishman Art Museum. On Saturday, former class members are invited to lunch with Lamar University President James and his wife, Susan, in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. Members of the class of 1961 will also attend a pre-game reception in the Red Room of the Montagne Center before Lamar plays Stephen F. Austin at Provost Umphrey Stadium at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact the Lamar University Office of Alumni Affairs at (409) 880-8921 or visit