Home again: '74 Reunion
When members of the Caruth School of Dental Hygiene Class of 1974 began their first semester in fall 1972, they never dreamed that theirs would be the first and only dental hygiene class to continue straight through for the next 16 months to graduation in January 1974.
As the dental school changed from a four-year program to a three-year/year-round program in the early 1970s, the timing of the dental hygiene program for this particular class also had to change during the transition. As a result, the classmates became very close during that brief time span.
Through the leadership of Dr. Martha Manley Malik, class president, in searching for classmates and with lots of perseverance and help from fellow alumnae, the class gathered for a reunion on May 14.
Twenty-three of the original 40 class members attended the reunion. One classmate was lost to breast cancer in 1988. "It was as if she were with us when we gathered on campus May 14 for our tour," says Malik. "That is how close we were during our time at Baylor.
"Our class shared many special memories," continues Malik. "My son wanted to know what we would talk about since so many years had passed. As we entered the classroom where we first met, we were back in 1972, and there was no silence in the room that day or for the rest of the reunion weekend. Our friendships had endured and our common time together left us with such good feelings about one another."
After a tour of what they referred to as the "new" Baylor, the class members enjoyed a reception at the home of a fellow alumna on Swiss Avenue and then traveled to the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas, for additional events throughout the weekend.
Malik sums up the successful weekend by saying, "It was our first reunion but I am sure it will not be our last. Ideas for the next reunion are already in the planning stage."
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