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Civil Engineering Class of 1964 – the reunion kings!

April 20, 2012 — 

Class of 1964 (Reunion Photo)If you ever want to plan a class reunion and need some advice, we suggest you contact a member of the Civil Engineering Class of 1964. These guys get together often….very often….very, very often, and pride themselves on being the “kings” of class reunions at the University of Manitoba!

To say this class has stayed in touch since graduation would be an understatement. They have stood up for each other at weddings, served as god-parents for each other’s children and sadly, have attended a few funerals.

When the class gathered in Vancouver to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their graduation in 2009, a number of them decided that their class had many reasons to feel grateful to the Engineering faculty and the University of Manitoba for their education and the foundation it provided for their lives ahead. They decided that the best way to show their appreciation was to establish a Bursary Fund in the name of their Civil Engineering 64 Class, so that many other worthy young people in the future might be able to enjoy the benefits of an Engineering education as they did. “Because it was Dean Ruth’s last year leading the faculty and he had been leading the effort to establish Bursary and Scholarship support, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to his efforts,” says Gary Filmon, CE Class of 64. “This bursary, designed to give financial assistance to a civil engineering undergraduate student in need, would not only help future students, but remind all students of the importance of giving back once they achieve their academic and career goals.”

A handful of classmates took on the challenge to contact the entire graduating class to let them know about the bursary. Response was positive and brisk. The class got together for another reunion in 2011 (did I mention they get together often?) an update was given and a new goal of reaching $50-thousand in time for their 50th Reunion in 2014 was set. As of the end of March, 2012, the Civil Engineering Class of ’64 Bursary Fund has already grown to over $60-thousand! It looks like this group is good at more than just planning reunions!

Just one question; what’s with the bowler hats??

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