Class of 1985

Can you believe that it has been 35 years since your time at Puget Sound? No doubt, the memories you cherish make it feel like yesterday!

 The year 2020 marks 35 years since graduating from this special place. As things with the COVID-19 pandemic progressed, it became clear that postponing the weekend was our safest option. Please plan to join us for Summer Reunion Weekend 2021, June 11 - 13.


What are some of your favorite memories of your time at Puget Sound?

"Leaning against a tree in the quad on a sunny, warm, colorful afternoon reading a great English novel that we would discuss in class the next day, the sounds and motion of a happy dog playing frisbee with his human on the lawn behind me, and having a vague sense that this was my job." -John Starbard '85

"Long van rides home from debate tournaments with some great friends. Discovering my "comparative advantage" in Economics." -Wayne Hickenbottom '85

"Friendships. Professors. French House. KUPS." -Janet Walters '85

"Freshman year in A/L, Adelphians." -Cheryl Blackburn '85

"Winter choral concerts, campus films, theater productions, hanging out in dorm rooms or on a quad." -Karen Eisenbrey '85

"Getting to know the people in my dorm and classes. Still in touch after all these years!" -Marc Blackburn '85

"Participating in Student Programs and extra curricular activities. And while I don't stay in regular contact with my UPS friends, they were all important parts of my life, and remain so." -R. Ann Kjera '85

"Working with athletes & Zeke in Athletic Training Room." -Robin Kiess, '85

"The ability to live each year in a different living situation - A/L dorm, Gamma Phi sorority, just off-campus housing and a semester in London, then really off campus. Each year I met new people and broadened my exposure to a diverse set of friends." -Melissa Dailey PHR '85 

"Sitting out in the sun with friends on the Great Lawn." -Lianne Chang '85

"Playing Football for the Green and Gold." -Dick Crabb '85


Who were your favorite Puget Sound faculty and/or staff? What made them your favorite?

"Dr. Bartanen, or I guess now its head honcho Bartanen. She was the coach of the debate program in my time and made a terrific role model of being an academic. Several of our debate group are still teaching at major universities. Additionally probably one of the 10 nicest people I ever met in my life. Dr. Hands. Introduced and guiding me on my journey to becoming an economist. A great mix of enthusiasm for his work, yet not oblivious to the rest of the world. He also let me beat him at golf." -Wayne Hickenbottom '85

"Michel Rocchi. Fully engaged and enthusiastic and supportive." -Janet Walter '85

"LeRoy Annis: he led us deep into literature, whether Shakespeare or science fiction, but had a casual manner that made the material accessible and enjoyable. He allowed time for those of us who had to marshal our thoughts before speaking in class. Sylvia Munsen: Women's Chorus was always encouraging and fun as Sylvia led us to engage with the music and discover our voices. I still have and use the book from her Winterim American Folk Music class (1984)." -Karen Eisenbrey '85

"Suzanne Barnett - she was rigorous but fair and fuelled my love of history." -Marc Blackburn '85

"Serni Solidarious. David Droge. Dr. Herbert. Ray Price. Daphne (I can't recall her last name, but she taught history in 1982/83.) They all were engaging, encouraging, had confidence in me and made me want to do better." -R. Ann Kjera '85

"Zeke Schuldt. Amazing teacher!" -Robin Kiess '85

"Bill Baarsma as he presented actual and real work and life experience in local and federal government. This was my main interest and lead to my work in human resources, a vast majority at the local government level." -Melissa Dailey PHR '85

"My Physics 101 and Chemistry 101 Professors." -Lianne Chang '85

"Bill Baarsma." -Dick Crabb '85


What additional thoughts do you have regarding the University of Puget Sound?

"I landed my first professional job because I was in graduate school degree program related to that field. But from the beginning I knew I kept that job and built my career based upon the education I received and the skills I began to develop at the University of Puget Sound. And I have told others the very same thing many, many times." -John Starbard '85

"I have very fond memories of UPS and wish my children had opted to attend it. Unfortunately, their majors were more suited to other schools." -R. Ann Kjera '85

"I remain sure that UPS was the right university for me and my career goals, My career in Human Resources is now over 30 years and directly related to my degree at UPS so I am one of those women who works in the field in which she graduated!" -Melissa Dailey PHR '85


If you would like more information about the Class of 1985 35th Reunion, or would like to join the Reunion Planning Committee, contact Class President John Starbard '85.