Welcome Yale ’71 Classmates!

Dear Yale College Class of 1971 members, families, and friends,

As you know, Yale ’71ers were trailblazers in many respects. Our class includes the first women to graduate from Yale College. We were the first to take meals in Commons without mandatory coats and ties. We were among the first classes composed under modernized inclusive admissions guidelines.

True to form, Yale ’71 has been redefining the online community experience for Yale classes. And you can benefit by taking two easy steps. As a Class member, you’re invited to register for full site access — as nearly half of our Classmates already have.  You’ll gain entry to private areas (Photo Galleries, In Memoriam, Online Community, online discussions, and the 45th Anniversary Class Survey).

Then take a few minutes to complete or update your online community profile. This cool feature is free to use for registered Class members, always available wherever you find a computer, and updatable as new life events occur. It has its own internal messaging system, so you can reach your classmates easily. About 20 percent of the Class has already contributed to the Community. If you don’t yet have a profile, please read “Contributing Your Community Profile” under the Frequently Asked Questions.  Please include a current head photo with your bio.  It’s so nice see how well we’ve “matured” since Yale!

5 0 t h  R E U N I O N  R E M I N D E R S :

  1. Take the Class Survey at https://csr.coopercenter.org/Yale71

  2. Complete your Classbook entry (link coming soon)

  3. Register for the reunion (details to come)


Yale71.org has been in continuous operation since September 2006.  Though it is designed and maintained by a core group of classmates, it’s a resource for all of us to develop. As more of us contribute to it, the richer it becomes. We invite you to explore the site, have fun reminiscing — then send along material you’d like to publish (press releases, family news, photos, essays…whatever).

Best regards,

Andy Kaufman (Class Secretary), Bill Primps (Class Treasurer), and the website team: Tim Powell (Class VP of Technology), and Rick Cech (Photo Editor and Survey Director).

Click on the headlines below to read the latest from our classmates…

Virtual Class Lunch: Thursday, May 21, 2020 – 12:30pm-1:30pm ET

Dear Classmates — Building on the success of our recent “virtual” March and April class luncheons, we will be hosting our next set of Zoom gatherings on Thursday, May 21, from 12:30pm-1:30pm ET. For the April session, we had about 25 participants, whom we divided into two separate Zoom meetings. That size grouping worked well […]

CHANGED: Virtual Class Meeting – Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 12:30pm ET

The Yale Club of NYC has closed its common areas in response to our public health crisis. The Class of 1971 lunch scheduled for this time will now be held virtually.  To join, dial: 605-313-5111 ACCESS 874683 Bring your own lunch! We’ll “see” you there… Your indefatigable Class Lunch hosts, James S. Kaplan George Guernsey

Class Lunch – Thursday, February 20, 2020 – 12:30pm – Yale Club of NYC

Celebrate the coming of spring by enjoying a cozy, quiet, delicious lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, […]

Class Lunch – Thursday January 16, 2020 – Yale Club of NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate the new decade by enjoying a cozy, quiet, delicious lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, […]

Class Lunch – Thursday, December 19, 2019 – NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a cozy lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, Jim Kaplan, George Guernsey, […]

50th Reunion Planning Underway – June 2021

Reunion co-chairs Lupi Robinson and Bob Bruner write: Planning is underway for what promises to be a memorable 50th, to be held early June 2021 (date coming soon). Our class includes men and women who have major contributions in their fields.  We hope to hear from some of them during the class program.  Chairs Bob […]

Class Lunch – Thursday, November 21, 2019 – NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate these last days of fall by enjoying a cozy lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, […]

On Breaking the Gender Barrier at Yale—50 Years Later

Reprinted from MS. by kind permission of the publisher. 10/1/2019 by SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN I entered Yale College in September 1969, one of the first group of women who transformed Yale from the all-male institution it had been for the previous 268 years. When I returned to New Haven in September, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of […]

Class Lunch – Thursday, October 17, 2019 – NYC – 12:30pm

Celebrate fall by enjoying lunch with your Yale classmates. The relaunched 1971 Class Table continues to be a huge success. Recent participants include Alice Cunningham, Hugh Scott, Bill Bierce, Ralph Dawson, Alex deBordes, Tim Powell, Linda Shearer Smith, Alice Young, Ruth Lansner, Peggy Marks, Tom Erickson, Tom Anderson, Harry Levitt, Phillip Protter, Jean Brenner, Jim Kaplan, George Guernsey, Glenn Lau-Kee, John Hunter, […]

“First Women” of Yale Celebrated in Stone

Vera Wells writes: I had the honor of unveiling the commemorative Threshold Stone at the entrance of Phelps Gateway on Old Campus, in celebration of being one of the “First Women” at Yale College in September 1969. Also pictured:  (center) Eve Hart Rice’73, Chair of 50th Anniversary of Women at Yale College Committee and Co-Chair […]