Reunion Celebration Weekend 2008 Draws Devoted
High gas prices did not prevent alumni from traveling back to St.
John’s Queens campus from all over the U.S. for Reunion Celebration
Weekend 2008 on June 13-15. Alumni and friends came home to
celebrate the anniversary of their graduation from states all over
the eastern seaboard and as far west as California.
Richard “Dick” Fielitz '50P came back with his wife Annabel
“Dolly” to celebrate the 58th anniversary of his graduation because
the time he spent at St. John’s meant a lot to him. “St.
John’s gave me a good, solid education,” he shared. “I was 24
when I returned from World War II—and I took a much different
approach to my studies than I had before the war.” Fielitz
went on to a satisfying career in the Pharmaceutical industry and
credits St. John’s with his success. “I’ve always believed
that St. John’s was the doorway to the exciting life that I’ve been
fortunate enough to live,” he remarked.
Members of the Sigma Tau Alpha fraternity and the Delta Sigma
Chi sorority, who had remained part of each others lives throughout
the years, also came “en masse” to experience college life together
Sorority sisters, Patricia Maiasky Cooke '68Ed, Barbara McCusker
'68Ed and Mary McGreal '68Ed recalled their student days with
fondness. “It was so exciting to be at St. John’s when we
were students...when Coach Lapchick was here and we won the NIT,”
commented Cooke. They are grateful for the life-long
friendships they made at the University. “St. John’s is
special because of the great people you meet here,” added
Alumni enjoyed the weekend’s many activities and a chance to
visit St. John’s again. Whether they came back because St.
John’s provided them with academic opportunity or wonderful social
experiences, they share an enduring love of the University that
helped shape their lives.
Read more and view photos of all the weekend’s events:
Friday Night Activities
Loughlin Society Reception and 50th Anniversary Medal
Mass and Champagne Brunch