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50th Reunion

Register for Homecoming

Make the 50th Our Best Forester Reunion!

We are getting ready for our 50th! Come back to Lake Forest College on October 7-8 to reconnect and remember. Registration is open and the schedule is set (see below).

All we need is you! We have our own special reunion program, including the grand opening of Mark Hertzberg’s show and a special chocolate tasting with Elizabeth Fischer. There is a special class luncheon on Friday and a 50th Reunion dinner on Saturday night. Register today and use the hotel links below to make reservations. We look forward to seeing you in October.

Foresters, Forever, 
Your 50th Reunion Planning Committee 
Mary Dallas Cole '72, Elizabeth Fischer '72, Dennis Maiman '72, John Tomick '72, and Jannelle Wilkins '72

The committee would like to thank Sally Wise '72, Ed Farley '72, Dennis Nyren'72, and Mary Dallas Cole '72 for their contributions and outreach.

50th Reunion Events

Thursday, October 6

Informal Social (Optional)

5:30 PM–7:00 PM | Hilton Garden Inn, Lobby (26225 North Riverwoods Boulevard

Lake Forest, IL, 60045)

Mingle with your classmates before the festivities begin at this optional, informal evening social.

Friday, October 7

Check-In and Hospitality

9:00 AM–Noon | Lillard Science Center, Lower Level

Lifelong Learning: Krebs Center Presentation

10:00 AM–11:30 AM |McCormick Auditorium

Learn about the new Krebs Center for Humanities from Davis Schneiderman, Krebs Provost and Dean of Faculty, and Ann Roberts, Professor of Art History.

Reminiscence Lunch

11:30 AM–1:30 PM | Deerpath Hall

Join your classmates for a nostalgic lunch.

Campus Tour

1:30 PM–2:30 PM | Begin at Deerpath Hall

Classmates will be guided by students for a tour of the Lake Forest College campus. The tour will begin from the lobby of Deerpath Hall on North Campus.

Art Exhibit Soft Opening | Mark Hertzberg '72: 50 Years of Photojournalism

2:30 PM–3:00 PM | Durand Art Institute

Celebrate the work of classmate Mark Hertzberg 72 with a champagne toast before the grand opening of his art exhibit "Mark Hertzberg '72: 50 Years of Photojournalism."

State of the College

4:30 PM–5:30 PM | McCormick Auditorium

We’re bringing back the tradition; hear the first State of the College address delivered by President Baren. This event will be live streamed at

President’s Reception

5:30 PM–9:00 PM | Brown Hall

Meet President Baren at this informal reception before the bonfire. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.


9:00 PM–11:00 PM | Middle Campus Quad

Celebrate with fellow Foresters at the Homecoming 2022 Bonfire on the Middle Campus Quad.

Saturday, October 8

Check-In and Hospitality

9:00 AM–Noon | Lillard Science Center, Lower Level

Lifelong Learning: Science Demonstration

10:00 AM–11:30 AM | Lillard Science Center, Room 044

Join professors from the sciences for interactive demonstrations.

Forester Fan Fest

Noon–4:00 PM | Hixon Lawn

Forester Fan Fest is back for all you Forester fans! Enjoy food trucks from John Durning's ’88 Pizzeria DeVille, Mickey Finn's, and Rainbow Cone with Foresters on South Campus. Reunions will have reserved tables for the Classes of 1972, 1997, 2012, 2017, and 2022.

Football Game (vs. Illinois College)

2:00 PM–5:00 PM | Farwell Field

Cheer on the Foresters at the football game vs. the Illinois College Blue Boys.

Chocolate Tasting

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM - Buchanan Hall, Vail Commons

Join Elizabeth Fischer ’72 for chocolate and wine tasting.

50th Reunion Signature Dinner

6:00 PM–8:30 PM | Gorton Community Center

Celebrate your milestone reunion and reconnect with classmates over an amazing meal.

Sunday, October 9

Breakfast & Goodbyes (optional)

9:30 AM–11:00 AM | Hilton Garden Inn (26225 North Riverwoods Boulevard

Lake Forest, IL, 60045)

Share goodbyes with your classmates to close out Homecoming and Reunion Weekend at this optional, informal breakfast. Breakfast can be purchased at the Hilton Garden Inn from 7:00 AM–11:00 AM on Sunday.

Please check the full schedule of events for any additional programs you may wish to attend.

Who's Coming?

See who's coming to your 50th Reunion. This list will be updated weekly until October 7.

Elizabeth Fischer '72
John Tomick '72
Walt Eschelbach '72
Laurie Hopple Eschelbach '72
Mark Hertzberg '72
Jeannine Baldwin '72
Mary Dallas Cole '72
Denny Maiman '72
Ben Ryan '72
Bill Williams Campbell '72
Jannelle Wilkins '72
Sally Wise '72
Jim Brunstad '72
Jo Ellen Giles Tansil '72

Hotel and Travel Information

The following hotels are preferred for Lake Forest College guests. For questions about accommodations, please contact the hotels directly. Be sure to ask for the Lake Forest College Homecoming and Reunion rate when making reservations.

The Hilton Garden Inn and the Residence Inn are located next to eachother on N. Riverwoods Blvd. The Forester Hotel is located across Townline Road on N. Field Drive. For additional local accommodations please visit our Area Accommodations Page.

Class of 1972 Memories

Thank you to Sally Wise '72 for providing the Commencement and Convocation materials, as well as the 1968 New Student Registry.

Make your Class Gift

Making your class gift is one way to celebrate your reunion.... learn and compare different ways to contribute to your class gift here! Questions about giving? Contact Dave Wilber '68 at