Homecoming 2021

Class Co-President Beth Hobbs reports: “I just got back from a wonderful fall homecoming weekend in Hanover. I gathered with classmates and friends on Friday night to celebrate our Dartmouth traditions—Dartoberfest, the Homecoming parade, Dartmouth Night and the legendary bonfire. The ’24’s and ’25’s circled the spectacular fire together as it crackled and warmed everyone on the Green. We tailgated with old friends and new before catching the Big Green taking on the Yale Bulldogs at Memorial Field. It was great to witness a very exciting win during overtime!

Another highlight was meeting up with our 1985 Endowed Class Scholar—Ignacio (“Nacho”) Gutierrez who hails from Mexico. Since he is already feeling the “cold” weather, we presented him with a Dartmouth hat and scarf. We will keep in touch with him throughout the year and share stories and videos with you.

Valerie Hartman and our Class Officer team have a great year planned–hope to see you at upcoming virtual and in-person events.”

In Memoriam: Brian Goldner


Our classmate Brian Goldner has died. Brian just recently took a leave of absence from his role as CEO of Hasbro, and Rich Stoddart ’85, who is a Hasbro board member, had stepped in as interim CEO. Brian transformed Hasbro, an old-school toy and game company, by retooling many of its brands into films, television series and online games. He died at his home in Barrington, R.I. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Genick) Goldner and their daughter, Brooke Goldner. His son Brandon predeceased him. More on Brian and his remarkable career can be found in this New York Times obituary.

Homecoming Events Cheat Sheet

Beth Hobbs put together this handy cheat sheet for Homecoming events.

Friday5-7 Alumni Tent in front of Alumni Gym for Dartoberfest beers. At 7:00, line up with class for Alumni Parade around Green, Dartmouth Night and Bonfire.  No Top of the Hop. Alumni Tent beers start up again at 9pm.

Saturday11-1 Parent and Family Tent by tennis courts. 1:00 Yale Game.  4:00-6:00 Alumni Reunion Event for classes that held virtual reunions.  Classes included close to ours are ’79, ’80, ’81, ’86, ’87s.

Finally, free swag at Blunt 2-5 Friday/9-11 Saturday and for 1769 DCF folk 10-12 Saturday in front of Parkhurst/or at game under goal posts.  

’85s Step Up for DCF in 2020-21!

Thanks to everyone who supported the Dartmouth College Fund. Your gifts helped 1985 raise over $3.9 million—funds that will immediately help students needing financial aid. Special thanks to our DCF Head Agents Joe Niehaus, Joe McGee, and Andy Ford for successfully leading the DCF fundraising efforts in one of the most challenging years ever! The Great Class of 1985 continues to make huge philanthropic strides with annual gifts to the Dartmouth College Fund, Thayer, Tuck and Geisel Schools along with impactful gifts to other important initiatives in the Call to Lead Campaign.

Class of 1985 Philanthropy Fiscal Year 2020-2021

We set a goal of raising $3.5 million and 35% participation—and we exceeded it!

$3,912,935 Raised

38.2% Participation

— 1985 Beats Goals for dollars and participation!

View the FY’21 DCF Honor Roll

Better Together–Our Collective Impact

Each donation helped you meet a reunion challenge issued by a generous classmate—by attaining 38.2% participation—you now will have a 1985 Scholar each year in perpetuity!

  • 61 classmates joined the 1769 Society with a gift of $2,500 or more
  • 51 classmates continue as members of the Hal Ripley society giving a gift to the Fund every year since graduation
  • You were the Reunion Class with the greatest number of donors whose previous gift was 5+ years ago
  • Since 2014, 14 1985 alumnae joined the Centennial Circle with a gift of $100,000 or more funding two undergraduates for a year
  • Cumulative gifts from classmates to The Call to Lead Campaign is $23,626,102 (anonymous gifts not included)—60% of the Class have participated in the Campaign
  • Gifts/Bequests to the Call to Lead Campaign focused on Financial Aid: $5,829,984
  • 29 classmates are members of the Bartlett Tower Society

Your support makes a life-changing experience possible for Dartmouth Students now and in the future.

With appreciation,

Janet Kingsbury Warren ’87a
Managing Director, DCF

In Memoriam: Doug Tillman

From Doug’s obituary: “It is with shock and terrible sadness that we share the unexpected death of Douglas “Doug” Eric Tillman, 57, on Monday, July 5, 2021 due to a cardiac event. The only son of Carol and Raymond Tillman, Doug was born on October 29, 1963 in Englewood, NJ. A graduate of Ardsley High School ‘81 and Dartmouth College ‘85, Doug was a Petty Officer Second Class in the US Navy from 1991-1996. It was during his stint in the Navy that he discovered a love of programming which led him to his successful career in computer programming at Grainger, Textura, and lastly as Director of DevOps and PMO for the Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit at Oracle, based in Deerfield, IL. 

Doug and his charismatic energy will be deeply missed. He had an insatiable curiosity, deep intellect and a love of life. He was passionate about his dogs Sassy and Shiloh, books, travel, piano, cooking, great wine and spirits, and languages including Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and Arabic. He was always up for an adventure.”


Our 35th Reunion!

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Click an event to register for it. Sorry for the inconvenience, but each Zoom session has its own registration.

College-sponsored events begin Thursday night June 17 and continue throughout the weekend. See more info about these sessions and register on the College Virtual Weekend page.

Class-sponsored events. You can use these links to register and join the sessions at any time including once they’ve started!

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Shades of Green Spring 2021

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The spring edition of Shades of Green has sprung!

This edition is packed with news about our 35th Reunion, Class Projects, an exciting challenge to fund a Class Scholar, classmate stories and lots and lots of pictures. Click the thumbnail to open the PDF.

Stories about the life and the before-times from Linda Blockus, Jon Grussing, Frank Cerveny, Deborah Keyek-Franssen, Brad Kliber, Kathleen DeLello Milne, Keith Moon, David Vaules, Collen Keller Sterling, Katie Leede, and Margaret Marder.

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Class Officer Nominations

Dear Wonderful Class of ’85,

Happy Spring!!!

Who wants to help to continue to keep our Class of ’85 strong? It’s that time for us to select new Class Officers of the Class Executive Committee. How fortunate and grateful we are to those who have served our Class so well these past five years. Time for some fresh faces and new energy to serve as Class Officers over the next five year term (starting right after our upcoming 35th Reunion). What a wonderful opportunity not only to help stay connected to the College but also to reconnect/stay connected to each other.

We (the Nominating Committee) are collecting nominations to fill the posts of the Class Executive Committee over the next few weeks. Please download and fill out the Nomination Form below and send it back to Valerie Hartman by Thursday, May 20th. The new slate of Officers will be made at our Class Meeting during our upcoming (Virtual) Reunion in June.

Look forward to hearing from you and excited about the possibilities for our Class!

With Gratitude,

Valerie Hartman, Joe Riley, Leslie Dahl and Todd Cranford

Reunion Challenge! Help Endow a 1985 Scholar

Help Our Class Meet This Special Challenge by Giving to the Dartmouth College Fund

Students need our help more than ever. So, an anonymous classmate has issued a challenge to all of us.

Can you help us Put ’85 in Overdrive and help us attain our reunion participation goal of 35% of our Class supporting students needing financial aid? If we attain our participation goal, our classmate has offered to set up and fully endow a Class of 1985 Financial Aid Scholarship

That means that each year in perpetuity, the ’85 Class will have a student selected as the Class of 1985 Endowed Scholar. And, we will be able to share each student’s story with our Class through our newsletter and other communications.

Every gift given to the Dartmouth College Fund by June 30,2021 will get us closer to attaining our DCF participation goals and securing this generous Challenge gift. Every dollar you donate goes directly to assist students this term.

We only need you and 148 additional classmates to answer this Challenge. We will be sharing the Class Honor roll in March and hope you will act soon so we can add your name to the list of DCF reunion donors. Are you in?

Together we can do this and make a huge impact – for students this year and every year!

With gratitude, 

Joe McGee, Andy Ford, Joe Niehaus

P.S. It’s easy to give to the Dartmouth College Fund: www.dartgo.org/d85

In Memoriam: José Clemente Orozco Farías

With great sadness we pass along news of Clemente’s passing. He died of a heart attack on January 17, 2021. The grandson of muralist José Clemente Orozco, Clemente had a remarkable career as a typographer, book designer, printer, and artist.

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