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University of Iowa Alumni Association celebrates Spring Reunion Weekend

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association kicks off Spring Reunion Weekend 1997 Thursday with more than 550 returning alumni, including a member of the class of 1927, Hillard Tolliver. He is one of four returning alumni celebrating a 70th reunion.

Hundreds of others from the classes of 1957, 1952, 1947, 1937 and prior, will reminisce during the May 29 through June 1 class reunion and Sesquicentennial celebration. Tolliver, who graduated with a bachelor's in the liberal arts, received an M.D. in anatomy two years later from the College of Medicine. He will travel from Hauula, Hawaii, and attend the Saturday, May 31 College of Medicine reunion dinner.

A variety of activities are planned including Friday's dedication of 19 plaques commemorating some of the university's oldest buildings at 3 p.m. on the east side of the Pentacrest. The dedication is followed by a welcome reception with UI President Mary Sue Coleman in the Old Capitol at 3:30 p.m., an all-class banquet in the Iowa Memorial Union at 7 p.m., and by a big band dance in the IMU Ballroom.

All graduates and friends of the UI are invited to the annual awards luncheon Saturday at noon in the IMU Main Lounge where the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored.

Attendance figures for this year's Reunion Weekend are up by more than 200 from last year.

The number of graduates for each class, the number still living and the number attending the reunion are as follows:

*The class of 1937-- 1,665 graduates, 770 living and 32 attendees.

* The class of 1947-- 2,204 graduates, 1,638 living and 153 attendees.

*The class of 1952-- 2,266 graduates, 1,825 living and 75 attendees.

* The class of 1957-- 2,375 graduates, 2,106 living and 160 attendees.

For a complete list of Spring Reunion Weekend activities or other information, contact Diane Baker-Gruwell at 319-335-3294.

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