By Margaret LeRoux
When 100 black alumni got together this
past September at the New Jersey home of Ted Wells ’72,
it was more than just a reunion; for many, the event marked
a turning point in their relationship with the College.
Though there have been informal get-togethers over the years, the reunion last
fall was the first time in over a decade that black alumni from all over the
country came together to share memories, congratulate each other on their successes,
and even do some serious networking. Black alumni flew in from as far away as
Oakland, Calif., Tampa, Fla. and Atlanta, Ga. Attending the event were lawyers,
teachers and business owners; among the younger alumni was a Holy Cross graduate
who is currently attending law school at the University of Georgia.
“Our hope was that the gathering would rekindle the Holy Cross spirit among
black alumni,” says Patrick L. McCarthy, ’63, director, alumni relations.
He points out that prior to the reunion, some of the alumni had not seen each
other for 25 years.
Stanley E. Grayson, ’72, an investment banker in New York, noted that the
reunion was a wonderful opportunity to bring together recent graduates with some
of the older graduates.
“When you get together it’s easy to remember the good times, and
what made Holy Cross so meaningful,” Grayson notes. “I’ve often
said I like who I am and enjoy what I’m doing, and I wouldn’t be
doing it if I hadn’t gone to Holy Cross.”
Grayson, who serves on the College’s Board of Trustees, notes that the
reunion served as a reminder that black alumni “need to be more active
in recruitment of black students and more aggressive in our giving to support
things we feel are important.”
The event grew out of a conversation at Holy Cross between Grayson and McCarthy.
Earlier this year, when they asked Ted Wells, ’72, a former member of the
College’s Board of Trustees, to host a reunion of black alumni, Wells enthusiastically
“Holy Cross is near and dear to Ted,” says his wife, Nina. “The
College made such a big impact on his life.”
Margaret LeRoux is a free-lance writer from Worcester.