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Homecoming

Dave Wilber

Where all have you lived? Where do you live now?

Massachusetts, first in Stow (west of Boston) then Weston and, since 2007, full time in Chatham on Cape Cod.

About your family:

Nancy continues to put up with me after 49 years, although she still refers to me as “her first husband.” She keeps me on my toes.

What kind of work did/do you do?

Alumni relations and development (fund raising) for colleges and universities: Clark and Tufts, UMass Amherst (the years when John Calipari was coaching!) Rhode Island School of Design. 

How do you spend your leisure time?

What leisure time? I retired in 2014, but went back to work part time for LFC in 2016. For hobbies, cars (still driving around in 1937 Fords); boating (what else on Cape Cod); gardening (okay, I don’t know where that came from). And, music. Nancy and I are semi-professional singers. that means we get paid, but not enough to quit our day jobs. We have been performing for over 20 years as a duo, here on the Cape and in far flung spots around the country. I think Nancy included some of these in her profile. This December will mark our 9th performance at Chatham’s First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve.

What are your community involvements?

Back in the 80’s, I was chairman of the board of the Design Management Institute in Boston. Here on the Cape, I’m a board member for WOMR, public radio for Cape Cod. Nancy and I have both been on Chatham’s First Night committee for several years. I am a board member and past Chair of the Stage Island Road and Land Trust, our neighborhood association. I have provided fund raising consulting for several community non-profits. This fall, I will again participate in our local library’s speaker series, talking about collecting classic cars.

Things you've learned to be true in the last 50 years...

1) I learned more from LFC faculty than I thought, especially Drs. Milne, Bennett and of course Schulze.

2) I learned a lot about life as an adult from working at Bud & Art’s Standard Station in town with all those other “dumb college kids.”

3) I like the friends we had in college as much now as I did then.

4) I miss Ted Suarez

5) Nancy Judd and Lake Forest College are the best things that ever happened to me.

6) H. L. Mencken was right - no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Things you've seen in the last 50 years that were spectacular...

1) The lunar landing
2) The opening ceremonies and the games of the 1984 Olympics
3) The original Phantom of the Opera
4) Seeing a Caribbean island from the air
5) Sunsets from our home in Chatham

Things that have surprised you in the last 50 years....

1) Donald Trump aka Twitterman

2) The fact that I’m 71

3) The New England Patriots

4) That Finance is now the most popular major at LFC

5) The LFC football team has a winning record

6) That visually the campus and the town have changed so little over 50 years.

Things that have disappointed you in the last 50 years...

1) Donald Trump aka Twitterman

2) The total breakdown of leadership in America

3) Where did all my hair go?

4) That Ursula Andress is 81 and still won’t date me.

Have you had a life changing event?

Nothing that tops being accepted to Lake Forest

What are you most proud of?

1) Being married to Nancy for 49 years and learning how to work together as a team.
2) Helping to keep the class of 1968 active and involved with the College for 50 years. I am proud of the way others in the class have stepped up to help build support and momentum. I am also proud of our class scholarship.

Other thoughts you'd like to share:

Lake Forest College looks the same as it did in 1964 when I stood at the Harlan Blackstone gates. For me it’s like Brigadoon; a place that appears every five years. I walk into town along Deerpath Road and nothing has changed. When I am there, I remember people and experiences as though it were yesterday. Maybe it is just me, but that is the magic of Lake Forest College.

Who you're most looking forward to seeing at the reunion:

Barry Hoffman, Jim Jennings, Gap Kovach, Drew Lebby, Ken Oelkers, Alan Wood