Class of 1971

Welcome Class of 1971 to your class page! This page will be updated with notes from your Class Secretary, Reunion information, and other fun memorabilia to share with you and your fellow classmates.

50th Reunion (In-Person) - October 29-30, 2021

The class of 1971 will be celebrating their 50th Reunion in-person on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30, 2021 in Staunton. This event was rescheduled from its previous date of June 4-6, due to the pandemic, when Homecoming transitioned to a virtual experience.

Click here to download and print the registration packet (mailed on 9/17/21).  RSVP by October 19:



Schedule of events:

Friday, October 29, 2021

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET
Cocktails and Reunion Class Dinner
Shenandoah Ballroom, Hotel 24 South, 24 S Market Street, Staunton


Saturday, October 30

9:30 a.m. 
Campus Tour
Meet in the lobby of Hotel 24 South at 9:15 a.m.; Transportation Provided

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Brunch and Grafton Society Induction 
Ballroom, Student Activities Center (SAC), Main Campus

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 
Tour of Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (Fishersville)
Transportation provided with return to Hotel 24 South after the tour

Dutch Treat Class Dinner
Emilio's Italian Restaurant, 23 E Beverley Street, Staunton
This event is organized/hosted by your Class Committee; transportation is not provided


Reserve your hotel room

Hotel reservations may be made presently by contacting Hotel 24 South (formerly Stonewall Jackson Hotel) and requesting the 1971 50th Reunion block rate: 540-885-4848. This discounted rate ends 9/22/21.


Pandemic Safety Protocol and Guidelines

Please see the enclosed information found in the "Registration Packet" regarding all guidelines and protocol for attending the Reunion weekend.  We take the health, safety, and well-being of our alumni and university community seriously, and we are working with the MBU Pandemic Task Force to ensure the safest possible experience.

Class Reunion Committee Members

  • Laurel "Lolly" Catching Anderson
  • Louise Boylan
  • Nancy Morse Evans
  • Melissa Wimbish Ferrell
  • Margaret "Margie" Addison Shepard
  • Bonnie Brackett Weaver

A word from your Class Secretary

"Dear 1971 classmates, let’s stay connected through ongoing updates on our new Class Pages! Please add your information to the online directory if you’re comfortable doing so (I just signed up). It’s all easy to access. Our 50th Reunion is tentatively scheduled June 4-6, 2021, so consider your plans to attend and leave those dates open. I look forward to hearing your news, then seeing you in person in a few months!" -Good health to us all, Melissa Wimbish Ferrell

Melissa Wimbish Ferrell '71

Class Secretary

Melissa Wimbish Ferrell '71




Class Columns

This section will be updated with class columns information from your classmates submitted to your class secretary (see above).

Read the August 2021 Class Columns

Read the January 2021 Class Columns

Read the November 2020 Class Columns


In Memoriam

We are in the process of collecting additional information, obituary links, and other relevant information regarding our dear deceased classmates.  If you have any information that you would like to share to be included below, please email Anne Holland, Director of Special Projects,

  • Mary "Mary Lou" Beehler Belitz 11/21/1982
  • Linda Bender 2/11/2005 (obituary)
  • Anne-Reid Jenny Bradshaw 12/10/2004 (obituary)
  • Elizabeth Cleveland 1/17/2016 (obituary)
  • Ellen Dallis 9/6/2004 (obituary)
  • Martha Murphy Davis 10/22/2020 (obituary)
  • Jane "Janie" Faulds 10/11/2006 (obituary)
  • Susan Vaught Fuhr 7/15/2005 
  • I. "Betsey" Hance Holtzmuller 12/25/2007 (obituary)
  • Alice Craddock Massey 4/6/2020 (obituary)
  • Nancy Foster McGraw 
  • Margaret "Molly" Grant Neely 9/8/2020 (obituary)
  • Lynda Bixler Osborne 6/1/2001 (obituary)
  • Mary Murrin Painter 10/6/2019 (obituary)
  • Virginia "Pud" Huff Parker 5/10/20 (obituary)
  • Katherine "Kathy" Terrell Svejnar 12/29/2009 (obituary)
  • Paula Powers Tchirkow 2/11/2008 (obituary)
  • Frances Tooke 
  • June Traviesas 5/2/2020 (obituary)
  • Jackie Guadagnoli Williams 3/21/2021 (obituary)
  • E. Noell Woodward 3/22/2021 (obituary)
  • Anna "Compton" Currin Zurita 10/2/1994  (obituary)

Class Colors

Green and White

Class Song

We're the Class of Seven One
Call us if you want some fun.
We've got personality
Spirit and vitality.
Each of us has high ideals
Coupled with our sex appeal.
Charlottesville and Lexington
1971 Hey!
We get things done. Hey!

Get Involved with Your Class

Are you interested in being a Reunion Committee volunteer OR a Class Secretary? Contact Anne Holland, Director of Special Projects, at OR 540-887-7171 to sign up!

Quick Facts

1842 1842 University Founding
WWII WWII Time of First Apple Day Celebration
19,000 17,000 Number of Living Alumni Worldwide