Class of 1970

We celebrated our rescheduled reunion May 5-8, 2022.

Miss the spirit of this place? Watch these videos: Carolina Is and Tar Heel Voices. We think they will bring you right back to the Southern Part of Heaven. Be sure to check out GAA President Doug Dibbert’s “From the Director” column as well, published in the fall ’90 edition of the Carolina Alumni Review. It’s full of reflections from our time on campus, shared prior to our return to campus for our 20th reunion in October, 1990.

P.S. You’ll remember our class participated in the UNC Alumni Heart Study while we were in school at UNC. This study and associated research has gone on for the past 50 years, can you believe it? Here are the findings from that study.

A Carolina Story - Remarks by Bland Simpson '70

May 6th, 2022

My friends, I shall be brief, following the favorite Beatitude of former UNC alumni association president Betty Ray McCain of Wilson, who oft invoked it:  “Blessed are the brief, for they shall be invited back again.”  I honor Tom Lambeth with my deepest convictions, for he has carried the progressive spirits of Frank Porter Graham and Terry Sanford and William Friday and many others forward through his entire life and in so doing has inspired us all to make the University and the state it serves better, always and without end better.

I want to testify just a little about what Carolina has meant to me, call up a few memories I hope will resonate with you, while first owning up to the fact that my own long association with UNC and Chapel Hill began at Duke.

My father had finished UNC law school as a member of the vaunted Class of ’48, and my parents, living in a cottage just off East Franklin Street, awaited my mid October arrival.  At that time, one went to Durham to be born in a hospital, and the legendary Daddy Ross at Duke brought me into the world, and all was well, till a Duke nurse looked in on my mother as she cradled me and remarked “Boy, that sure is one ugly baby.”  I was short on English at the moment but I could and did say to that nurse, “Aye zigga zoomba, zoomba, zoomba!” while Mama packed hastily, checked out of Duke and got us back to the Chapel Hill cottage in twenty minutes flat!

Eleven years later, in the summer of 1959 my family moved back to Chapel Hill from Elizabeth City.  Sunny Jim Tatum, the great Carolina football coach, died of Rocky Mountain spotted fever a month later, and I vividly remember the great mourning, the sense of a whole community in grief, and how much Carolina and Chapel Hill were interwoven.

My friends and I roamed all over the place freely — we played tennis on the clay courts between the Old Chapel Hill cemetery and Cobb Dorm, drank limeades made fresh in the Circus Room, where Carl Boetcher’s animal carvings done from William Meade Prince’s illustration (now right outside this room) originally were mounted. . . we learned to swim in the Bowman Gray Pool and the Kessing Pool.  We shot baskets in the Tin Can and Woollen Gym.

Never had we heard anything louder than the incredible noise made by 5,000 people packed into Woollen Gym to see Carolina face Duke or State or Wake . . . there I once spotted Joe Quigg from the 1957 championship team and got his autograph . . . there I watched York Larese’s incredible two-hand set shots, an archaic flat-footed thing of beauty from a different era, a different game, and yet still a joy forever . . .

We graduated from Chapel Hill High School in June 1966, in Memorial Hall — I took a check my father gave me very early the next morning and went up to campus and enrolled by 8 a.m. for my first class at the University, Modern Civilization with Paul Jan Pinckney — that was a short trip, 12 hours from graduation to matriculation, and all I did was step over a stone wall . . .

Yet there was a very great deal more to it than that.

I entered the brave new world of Carolina that I have never left.

A second-year history honors course with Elizabeth Nathans steered me into research and writing, and my passionate interest in politics veered away from student government and toward the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, and to the Daily Tar Heel, where I became a columnist and night editor.

What incredible teachers we had!  In addition to Professor Nathans, I had classes with Ruel Tyson in religious studies; Lou Lipsitz, the poet-professor and Andy Scott and Earl Wallace in political science; Walter Spearman in Journalism, who mesmerized us with ever-lengthening cigarette ash while gently yet clearly criticizing our editorial writings; Don Mathews on social movements) and Joel Williamson on the Old South) and Herbert Bodman on the Middle East); Jake Mills, the Renaissance scholar and teller of Carolina tales afield and afloat, Tom Stumpf in English, who taught the Old Testament as Literature, and Dennis Donovan, who, as he taught, literally acted out Paradise Lost  . . .441

We held Halloween midnight rites at the Di and Phi plots in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.  We talked politics and music at Harry’s restaurant next to the post office.  We talked politics and music at the Tempo Room down the street.  We talked politics and music at the Carolina Political Union, Eric Van Loon and David Kiel and Jed Dietz leading the way, and put the Daily Tar Heel together on the top floor of Graham Memorial, and we bought and read the artful Lillabullero literary magazine in Y Court.

What an exciting day it was to move into Old East, Top floor, north tower, No. #36.  I had learned at the housing office that this had once been Thomas Wolfe’s room, and when all the various suite mates (there were four double rooms and one single on each floor of each tower) gathered to meet up that first night, at some point I let it slip about being in Thomas Wolfe’s room.  That nearly started a riot.  Turned out that everyone living in Old East had been informed by the housing office that his room was Wolfe’s former room.

That fall of 1968 we listened to Robbie Robertson’s songs on The Band’s first album, MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, so much so that I decided to make a pilgrimage to Woodstock, New York, and see the Band and their great ally, Bob Dylan.  I hitchhiked all the way up there in the icy pre-Christmas cold of 1968, stood on a log cabin front porch conversing familiarly with Dylan for much of an hour — an encouraging encounter that ultimately led me to­­­ New York City during spring break 1969 and to a songwriting contract

And then, suddenly, it seemed I was done with Carolina and Chapel Hill — I was a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side before Labor Day of ’69 . . . an incredible swirl for me, throwing myself into city life, writing songs, in and out of recording studios; hearing some of the great folk, jazz and blues musicians close-up in the Village clubs:  Odetta, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Tim Hardin, Mose Allison; finding new collaborators — from Juilliard, and from Columbia University; and recording an album for Columbia Records — New York was overwhelming, and overwhelmingly good to me from the start . . .

Yet a trip from the Upper West Side to the Union Grove Fiddler’s Convention, by way of Chapel Hill at Eastertide, convinced me to come home and to keep following music in a warmer and less expensive latitude . . . back here,   I teamed up with some great Carolina Class of ’70 (and thereabouts) musical friends, Jim Wann, John Foley, Mike Sheehan and Jan Davidson, and our ensemble, the Southern States Fidelity Choir soon made an even bigger team, with a a UNC philosophy prof named Tommy Thompson and his brand-new band, The Red Clay Ramblers — And with more Carolina support — Buck and Kay Goldstein and their dining room table to work out a script and with John Haber to direct it — we forged the show DIAMOND STUDS, staged it boisterously in the rococo/red banquet room of the Ranch House in October ’74, moved straight to Manhattan where in January ’75, STUDS was a hit — “musicians’ theatre” was born, and we were in it for good.  This Carolina-centric movement gave us the individual and collective strength to carry a very joyous music all over North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East…

And then some more Carolina magic:  Max Steele, longtime director of Creative Writing at Carolina, asked me if I’d like to teach for a semester, spring of 1982.  “Sign me up,” I said, and what has steadily deepened over these forty years of working with undergraduates at Carolina has been my understanding of how much more than editorial advice the teaching of writing called for and was all about.  Beyond the reading of classic texts and the workshopping of original manuscripts, this endeavor involves empathy, encouragement, and all manner of advice and counsel both in- and outside of the classroom, as young writers seek not only to develop and expand their literary skills but also, simultaneously, to come to terms with the great, central aspirations of their lives.

To have been on this beautiful campus, to have witnessed and worked with so much new talent and with such cherished colleagues, to have stayed in touch with so many students well after their graduations — what a terrific honor and a deep, abiding pleasure.


Now, nothing I have done pleased my late mother more than my association with Carolina as an English teacher, and yet one little matter kept bothering her, a particular detail that would show up in newspaper feature stories about my work here, or The Red Clay Ramblers or whatever show we were working on – and that was haunting birthplace info, noting that I was “from Durham” or “a Durham native,” resulting in immediate calls to me from my mother:

“Is this the ‘Durham songwriter’?” or “May I speak with the Durham native?!”  Then she would ask me:  “Why don’t you tell them you were born in Chapel Hill?”

“I would if I had been, but my mother taught me to tell the truth.”

This went on for years, till finally, her exasperation one evening reached fever stage.  I had just answered the why do you tell them you were born in Durham, and then I heard this:

“All right, all right — you were born in Durham.  You were born in Durham.  You were born in Durham.  But you were conceived in Chapel Hill!”


Conceived in Chapel Hill — in so many ways, so were we all.  Many, many of us can point to good fortune in arts and letters, in business, academia, medicine, entrepreneurship, and indeed, in life, that have come our ways and that are surely and intimately bound up with Carolina, with our teachers, our longtime friends, our partners for life all found here in the province of our soul mother, our alma mater.

To keep repaying our extraordinary debts to this wondrous place, we must keep helping North Carolina as it strives towards true health in every area – social, environmental, medical, you name it – by giving our beloved state and our nation the University’s visionary leadership at full strength, now more than ever.

And to provide that leadership and vision, to take fullest advantage of Carolina’s great convening and health-giving and outreaching capabilities, I know we will all tell her story and sing her song for as long as we live.  God bless you all, and God bless the University, and the love of free inquiry and art and knowledge for which she stands.

Hark the Sound!

Schedule of Events

We look forward to seeing you in Chapel Hill to celebrate Spring Reunions Weekend, May 5-8, 2022. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 20, at 11:59 p.m. Dress for all events is casual unless alternate recommendations are given.

*Note – all events are subject to the University’s campus and community standards for COVID-19. Please visit the Carolina Together website for more information.

Thursday, May 5

3 -4:45 p.m. | Special Basketball Museum Tour

For those attending the reunion and will be in Chapel Hill on Thursday afternoon, May 5, the Basketball Museum will be open for tours. As a special treat, Roy Williams ’72, Bill Chamberlain ’72 and Bill Chambers ’72 will be at the Basketball Museum from 3-4:45 p.m.


5:30-7 p.m. | 50th Reunion Opening Reception, An Evening with Roy Williams ’72 and Wanda Williams ’72 

Upper Club (5th Floor), Kenan Stadium

Begin Spring Reunions Weekend at a reception overlooking Kenan Stadium. Roy Williams ’72 and Wanda Williams ’72 will bring greetings to the classes of ’70 and ’72. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and good conversation. Casual attire. Price: $30; GAA Member Price: $15. Registration includes one (1) drink ticket, good for beer or wine. Purchase unlimited beer/wine for an additional $12. Reunion packets will be available for pick up at check in. This event is sponsored by Galloway Ridge at Fearrington and 50th Reunion Patrons.


Friday, May 6

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Reunion Check In and Information Desk Open

Lobby, George Watts Hill Alumni Center



Inclusion and Diversity at UNC

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

While UNC strives to emphasize and celebrate diversity and has made many strides in this area, those efforts are not always viewed as successful by some within the community. This panel will look at diversity from the lens of attracting and retaining diverse students, staff and faculty, as well as whether the UNC environment encourages people to express their opinions without fear of censure or ridicule. The panel will also discuss how UNC can move forward to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff and students. Panelists include:

  •  State Representative Kelly Alexander ’70, former Board member, Greater Charlotte Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Jean Kitchin ’70, host and producer of television shows, former UNC trustee, former Chair of the GAA
  • Dr. Pat Reighard ’70 Professor Emeritus of Communication at Appalachian State University
  • Dr. Leah Cox, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, UNC
  •  Dr. Viji Sathy ’96 (’03 PhD), Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, UNC

Moderator: Deborah Potter ’72, former correspondent for CBS News, CNN and PBS. Founder of NewsLab, journalism site now affiliated with the University of Mississippi. Co-author of Advancing the Story: Quality Journalism in a Digital World, now in its 4th edition.


10 – 11:10 a.m. | Walking Tour of Campus

Departs from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The walking tour is a pleasant way to revisit the older sections of main campus, although there are plenty of new sites to see along the way.


11:30 a.m. | Old Students Club Luncheon (Friday Seating) for Class Milestones: ’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’71, ’72

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

James Lee Love (class of 1884) donated an endowment to the UNC General Alumni Association to fund an annual gathering of the “Old Students Club” for milestone class years that have reached or passed the 50th anniversary of their graduation year. Speaker TBD. Each graduate from 1970 and earlier, along with one guest, are welcome to attend the luncheon at no cost. Space is limited, registration required.


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Guided Walking or Bus Tours of Campus

Both tours depart from the George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The walking tour revisits the older sections of main campus, although there are plenty of new sites to see along the way. The bus tour is the best way to see the new and familiar of main campus while also learning about the ever-expanding southern edges of UNC. All tours are complimentary. Tickets for bus tours will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as limited seats are available.



Carolina Men’s Basketball, As Experienced by the Classes of ’70 and ’72

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Jim Delany ’70 (’73 JD), Eddie Fogler ’70 (’73 MAT), Charles Scott ’70, Bill Chamberlain ’72 and Billy Chambers ’72 share their walk down memory lane (with no turnovers) – including three Final Fours and the ’71 team NIT Championship. Led by future Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith, this dynamic group of players and their teammates included many future professional players, including Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Scott, as well as many who went on to coach or serve as administrators at college and professional levels. Similar to all undergraduates during the 1966-72 period, these players were keenly aware of and buffeted by the times and the associated social experiences. Many of these teammates had children who went on to play college sports and graduate from Vanderbilt, Ohio State and UNC. Hear their perceptions of how their children’s experiences were similar to and different from their own experiences 50 years ago.


1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | GAA Vintage Slideshow Narrated by Andy Griffith ’49 and Charles Kuralt ’55 (continuous showings)

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Andy Griffith ’49 narrated an award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1970s. Charles Kuralt ’55 narrated another award-winning slideshow used by the GAA during the 1980s. Both shows feature beautiful and historic photographs and entertaining narrations that make them fun to view even decades later. Drop in and out at any time throughout the day to view as much of these vintage shows as you wish.



UNC Medical Research Overview

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Dr. Myron S. Cohen, Yeargan-Bate Eminent Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology; Director of UNC Division of Infectious Disease and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease; Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health will discuss, “Living Through Pandemics: HIV, SARs, COVID-19 … What’s Next?”

Dr. H. Shelley Earp ’70 (MD, ’72 MS), Distinguished Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research, Director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of UNC Cancer Care will discuss, “How UNC Lineberger Turns Top-Notch Science Into Cancer Therapy Advances.”

Moderator: Dr. P. Kay Wagoner ’70 (’78 MSN, ’86 PhD), UNC Distinguished Alumna for Science and Business, President of Discovery and Development, LLC; Associate Professor, UNC Cell Biology and Physiology, former founder and CEO of Icagen, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company.


3 – 4 p.m. | Guided Bus Tour of Campus

See 1:30 p.m. tour description.


4:15 – 5:15 p.m. | Guided Bus Tour of Campus

See 1:30 p.m. tour description.


5:30 p.m. | Class Reunion Photographs, ’70 and ’72

George Watts Hill Alumni Center


6 – 7:30 p.m. | Reunion Check In Reopens

Chase Dining Hall (site of Jubilee on the Hill)


6 – 8 p.m. | Jubilee on the Hill

Chase Dining Hall

Class Milestones (’55, ’56, ’57, ’60, ’61, ’62, ’65, ’66, ’67, ’70, ’71, ’72) and your guests are invited to relive your dining hall days with laughter, conversation and a delicious Southern meal. Menu will feature barbecue, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, slaw, collard greens, baked beans, assorted bread and desserts. Casual attire. Price: $40; GAA Member Price: $25.


Saturday, May 7

8 – 9 a.m. | AFROTC Detachment 590 Commissioning Ceremony and Open House

Naval Armory

Attend this ceremony and support the newest class of second lieutenants as they begin their Air Force journey. Afterward, enjoy refreshments with the detachment. Come out and share your stories with our future military leaders. Following the ceremony and reception, head over to the ROTC Naval Armory to continue the conversation and see the historic building. Contact Kendrick Fitzgerald, USAF and assistant professor of aerospace studies, AFROTC Detachment 590, at (919) 962-7367 or by email at for questions and to RSVP.


Saturday Morning in Chapel Hill: Carolina Across the Generations

Blue Zone (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

This session will be a discussion of Carolina experiences by members of the classes of ’70, ’72 and ’22. Panelists will describe what it was like to be on campus in the late 60s and early 70s and how that compares to campus life today. The session will be moderated by Richard Stevens ’70, who worked in student affairs after graduation and is currently an attorney in Raleigh. He served five terms in the N.C. State Senate and 12 years on the UNC Board of Trustees, including four terms as chair.



Psychology and Neuroscience: Ground-Breaking Work Improving People’s Lives

Blue Zone, (Concourse Level), Kenan Stadium

Carolina continues to be at the forefront of psychology and neuroscience. This panel will consider two of today’s groundbreaking areas of research: the power of positive emotions and improvements in the treatment of addictions with:

  • Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, has demonstrated that positive emotions can have lasting positive effects on social bonds and abilities. She was recently a principal investigator for a randomized controlled trial that showed positive meditation reduces aging at the cellular level. Attendees will learn practical applications that they can use immediately to achieve a fuller and more meaningful life.
  •  Dr. Stacey Daughters, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Biobehavioral Research on Addiction and Emotion Lab, has shown that individuals with a substance use disorder no longer experience joy from everyday non-substance-related activities. She will talk about a treatment that increases psychological rewards from non-substance related activities and how these strategies can also be used to prevent the development of addiction. She will also discuss her work on the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to improve psychological factors known to be associated with reduction in substance use.

Moderator: Dr. Stephen LaTour ’72 (’74 MA, ’76 PhD), retired CEO of Calder LaTour Inc., an international healthcare consultancy; former Professor, Northwestern University.


Artificial Intelligence, Social Media: Promise or Peril?

Blue Zone (Concourse Level, Kenan Stadium)

Join our panel of researchers from UNC’s Center for Information, Technology and Public Life for a discussion of two critical issues for modern technology: how artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms can go wrong and how we can reduce manipulation of reality by social media.

AI algorithms affect much of our daily lives. For example, they determine which news and ads appear in your social media stream, your movie and video recommendations, whether you are offered credit, employer scoring of your resume and facial recognition. This panel explains how algorithms can fail in ways we don’t expect and what can be done about it.


  • Francesca Tripodi will examine why people spread fake news and why fact-checking and increased media literacy will not solve the problem. Her upcoming book from Yale University press addresses how internet searches are manipulated.
  • Bridget Barrett ’20 (MA) will speak to the opportunities and challenges that AI creates when used to target political ads online and how some of the most thorny problems can be solved. Bridget Barrett is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life. Her writing on digital political advertising has appeared in SlateLawfare and Tech Policy Press.

Moderator: Buck Goldstein ’70 (’76 JD), University Entrepreneur in Residence and Professor of the Practice, UNC Graduate School

12:15 p.m. | Annual Alumni Luncheon

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The GAA’s 2022 Distinguished Service Medals will be presented to Terry Ellen Rhodes ’78 and Patricia Ann Timmons-Goodson ’76 (’79 JD). Greetings from UNC Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and a performance by the UNC Clef Hangers. Dress is business casual. Price is $40.


6 – 11 p.m. |Class of ’70 50th Reunion Dinner and Dancing With The Holiday Band

The Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center

Gather with your classmates for drinks followed by an elegant, seated dinner and dessert. Menu includes bourbon braised short ribs & seared chicken, smoked cheddar grits and grilled asparagus. Vegetarian entrée includes lemon herb garbanzo risotto with wild mushrooms and sautéed asparagus. After dinner, the classes of ’70 and ’72 are invited to enjoy live music from The Holiday Band, dancing is highly encouraged. Dress is coat and tie for men and dresses or evening pantsuits for women. Cash bar available. Price $75; GAA member price is $55. The price per person was reduced thanks to donations from 50th Reunion Patrons.


Sunday, May 8

8 –  9:30 a.m. | 50th Commencement Processional

Kenan Football Center, Fifth Floor

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a wonderful Carolina tradition. Process into Kenan Stadium for Spring Commencement 2022. This event is consistently rated by past 50th reunion participants as a favorite event of the weekend. Parking instructions and all necessary details will be provided in reunion packets for those who RSVP. Spouses and guests are welcome to join the fun in our gathering spot and will have a perfect vantage point to watch the procession. Following the procession, which should end before 9:30 a.m., you may depart or enjoy the rest of the Commencement program.


9 a.m. | Commencement

Kenan Stadium

Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Frank Bruni ’86 launched his journalism career as a student reporter at Carolina. Now, Bruni is returning to his alma mater to be the keynote speaker for the Spring Commencement 2022.

Bruni was a reporter for The New York Post and then the Detroit Free Press, where he covered the first Persian Gulf War and was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. From 1995 to 2021, Bruni wrote for The New York Times as a columnist, White House correspondent and chief restaurant critic. He now contributes opinion pieces and a weekly newsletter.

Bruni recently moved back to North Carolina to become the Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Hotel Information

View the list of Spring Reunions Weekend hotels.

Letter from Doug Dibbert '70, GAA President

Dear Classmates,

On a hot, sticky evening in Kenan Stadium, on Monday, June 1, 1970, we graduated from Carolina.

Yes, it has indeed been almost 50 years, and soon you’ll receive a message from our freshman class president, Professor Bland Simpson, who not only enjoyed growing up in Chapel Hill and attending Carolina, but has also long taught and continues to teach Creative Writing at UNC.

And like me, Bland will encourage you to circle these dates –Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 10, 2020, for our 50th Class Reunion.

We’ll begin Thursday evening with a reception in Graham Memorial (near the Davie Poplar, the Old Well and Franklin Street), and we’ll conclude, adorned in Carolina blue gowns, processing into Kenan Stadium on Sunday (to late 60’s music selected by all 1970 attendees).

We have only this one opportunity to celebrate our 50th reunion, and we welcome your suggestions and your ideas for enrichment programing, for elements to include in our 50th anniversary edition of the Yackety Yack, and for what you think should be “must haves” at our Saturday night golden-anniversary gathering.

Most importantly, we need – and ask – your personal commitment to attend and to encourage other classmates to attend. Only by personally reaching out (call, email, write, visit, text, FaceTime, Skype, etc.) can you be certain that all those who you most want to see will know that you’re going to attend and that you really want them to attend, too.

Even if it is your first return visit since June 1, 1970, now is the time to start making your personal plans to come to Chapel Hill. If you have friends who live in the Triangle, please don’t wait for them to reach out to you to invite you to stay with them. Contact them, and invite yourself to be their guest. Yes, be bold, and if you live in the Triangle and have classmates with whom you really want to share this special weekend, reach out to them now and offer them your guest bedroom(s).

If you don’t have friends in the Triangle but have classmates with whom you’d like to share the weekend, why not consider coming together at an area Airbnb? Many did just that in during the class of ’69 reunion and felt like they had had one grand, nostalgic Jubilee weekend.

Our individual journeys over the past 50 years have been varied – with joys and sorrows, successes and failures, dreams fulfilled and aspirations unmet. We will come together because we realize something special happened during our time together in Chapel Hill and at Carolina – even if we didn’t know it then and even if we didn’t all know each other. We will come together in 2020 because we are fortunate to be healthy and are anxious to share this very special, once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

So, for now, please simply affirm the following by emailing

• I/we will be there!

• I/we will contact other classmates. (If you are a GAA member, you have 24/7 access to our online alumni directory where you’ll find the latest contact information for Carolina’s 330,000+ living alumni. If you are not a GAA member, please just send me the names of those you’d like to contact.)

• I/we would like to serve on the Reunion Planning Committee.

• I/we live too far away to serve on any committees, but here are some suggestions:

When I returned to Carolina nearly 37 years ago, quite honestly, I didn’t anticipate that I’d still be here and still serving as alumni director. Well, I am fortunate to still be here, and I am anxious to do all that I can, with each of you, to make our 50th reunion the very best.

Thank you for what you have done, are doing and will do. In the meantime, you can also look back on our 45th Class Reunion.

Yours at Carolina,


Douglas S. Dibbert ’70 | (919) 962-7050

Letter from Bland Simpson '70, Freshman Class President

Dear Classmates,

Though it scarcely seems like the half century it has been since we began our class’s senior year at Carolina, looking toward our upcoming graduations in June of 1970, the calendar now advises us that our turn is nigh for forming up and taking a 50th graduation anniversary lap around Kenan Stadium, on Sunday, May 10th, 2020.

Yet we will do much more than that here in Chapel Hill in May.  With the help and guidance of UNC’s General Alumni Association, long and wonderfully led by our fellow Class of ‘70 member Doug Dibbert, we will enjoy a variety of social and academic events over this Thursday to Sunday long weekend (May 7th-10th).  Planning has now begun, and specifics will be forthcoming – please make plans to be here and encourage other classmates as well.

And please, for a moment, just think back:  what incredible teachers we had!  I remember so fondly and deeply appreciate Elizabeth Nathans, Don Mathews, Joel Williamson and Herbert Bodman in history; Ruel Tyson in religious studies; poet-professor Lou Lipsitz, Andy Scott and Earl Wallace in political science; Walter Spearman in journalism; Jerry Mills, the Renaissance scholar, and Tom Stumpf in English, who taught the Old Testament as literature . . . and so many more.

We all recall Charlie Scott’s, Larry Miller’s and Dick Grubar’s basketball heroics, and my own thoughts of those days always return to the constant talk of politics and music:  at Harry’s restaurant next to the downtown post office on Franklin Street, in Old East dorm, and at the Carolina Political Union and at the Daily Tar Heel, both then on the top floor of Graham Memorial.

Much has since changed about Chapel Hill, of course, but the great heart of Carolina beats on as strong as ever.  As a faculty member here in English and Creative Writing since 1982, teaching alongside Doris Betts and Max Steele, I have been honored to witness and work with such cherished colleagues and with so many young, talented Tar Heel writers – and to stay in touch with so many of these students well after their graduations, just as those of us in the Class of ’70 remained friends with our former professors, who gave us so much.

We have a lot to remember together, and we will have a big time doing so.  Just as our undergraduate years at Carolina were once-in-a-lifetime, so will this 50th anniversary gathering be.  Please do come back and bring the family, and be among lifelong friends for this glorious Chapel Hill occasion.

With great friendship,

Bland Simpson
President, Class of ’70, Freshman Year
Kenan Distinguished Professor of English & Creative Writing
UNC Chapel Hill

Letter from Buck Goldstein '70, Classmate

Dear Classmates,

It is often said that anyone who remembers the ’60s wasn’t really there. This is great news for those of us who have a hard time reminiscing about the good old days when there is still so much left to do. Sure, you might have a vague recollection of acid being used for more than removing stains and weed being inhaled rather than eradicated with Round Up. You might remember Janis Joplin’s after-concert performance at the St. A house but you’re probably not sure if you were actually there or you heard about it the next day. If everyone who claimed to have demonstrated, turned over tables or camped out in Polk Place actually did, the craziness our class inflicted on our school would have been magnified tenfold. Even your handshake with Muhammad Ali after his talk in Carmichael might or might not have actually happened. So, admit it: You don’t remember much and what you do remember has been altered by the passage of time. So with the nostalgia out of the way, you can return to Chapel Hill with a focus on the present and, more importantly, the future.

Kay and I have been living in Chapel Hill for the last 16 years, and I can promise you that sitting on the wall at McCorkle Place or just walking into Sutton’s or Carolina Coffee Shop is still a joy. Even better is having a conversation with a young historian on reconstruction or a chemist on nanotechnology or a journalist about the impact of social media on reporting the news. Amidst all the change over the last 50 years, the magic of this place remains. Spending the weekend here will make you smile and remind you that there will always be a place in your heart for Chapel Hill.

But, if you are like me you might not be sure if you can ever go home again. Give it a try for the sake of the future. As students, we believed we could make a difference, and there is no reason to stop thinking that now. Our class has always found itself in the middle of monumental change and the current environment is no exception. Our reunion will give us a chance to spend time with experts, some of whom are your classmates and will help you make sense of the world we live in.  More importantly, it will remind you of a set of enduring values like fact-based inquiry and the free flow of controversial ideas even when you disagree with them. You also will be reminded of the joy of learning something new.

Our generation has always had an outsized influence on the culture we live in. There are more of us than any other and, for better or worse, we spoke our mind. Come to our reunion, spend a great weekend being rejuvenated and then go home rededicated to making a difference.

See you in May.
Buck Goldstein

Letter from Jim Delany '70, Classmate


I hope you are planning to be in Chapel Hill next May 7-10 for our 50th reunion. Yup — it’s a half century since we graduated, with lots of water over the dam.

As a former chair of the GAA Board of Directors, owner of a second home on the Haw River in Chatham County and proud parent of two UNC graduates, I’ve had ample time to catch up and stay engaged with our University over the past 15 years. What excites me most about this reunion is reengaging with classmates and friends to remember, explore and reflect on our time in Chapel Hill from 1966-70.

I’ve asked my friends Charles Scott ’70 and Eddie Fogler ’70, who were teammates and fellow captains on Carolina basketball teams during our time in Chapel Hill, to join me Friday afternoon to discuss, reflect and share perspectives on those formative and fascinating years on campus. Playing for Coach Smith, living through dramatic social and political change — while making our way as undergraduate students — sure was interesting. I’m sure you, along with the three of us, can learn and benefit by looking back and remembering moments and sharing perspectives from 50 years ago. Our 1966-67 freshmen basketball team, coached by Larry Brown ’63, has come together for reunions five or six times over the past 50 years, and we plan to do so again when we’re together in May.

We have lost some of our best friends and teammates over the years, but we will gather to remember them along with the good and challenging times from that dynamic and transformative four-year period. I encourage you to come, enjoy, remember and celebrate as well as call, email, write and otherwise reach out to classmates you really hope and want to see and encourage them to join us.

— Jim Delany ’70, Chicago

50th Reunion Committee Members

We are grateful to have a growing list of classmates participating in our 50th reunion planning. Want to join in on all the fun? Email to find out you can get involved.

50th Reunion Committee Members: Margaret Avery, Betty Bouldin, Brian Buxton, Doug Dibbert, Joey Edwards, JoAnne Fahey Ivie, Jill Gammon, Carolyn Goldfinch, Buck Goldstein, Bill Green, Don Howard, Larry Howell, Charles Ingram, Beth Isenhour, John Jensen, Becky Jensen, Alex Julian, Jean Kitchin, Bill Lee, Linda Rainey Campbell, Pat Reighard, Joe Ritok, Judy Rogers, Gerry Rogers, Jane Rogers Jones, Bland Simpson, Candice Teeter, Donald Teeter, Cindy Thacker, Gwen Waddell-Schultz, Kay Wagoner, Sigur Whitaker, Phil Wood, Ann Wood, Linda Woodard, Mary Brent Wright, Jan Yopp

50th Anniversary Yackety Yack

Thanks to everyone for your submissions to our official 50th class souvenir book. Books will be shipped directly from the printer in the weeks ahead to those who pre-ordered by April 23. Enjoy a look back at the Class of ’70 25th Anniversary Yackety Yack (published in 1995).

Class of '70 Authors

We acknowledge several of our class of ’70 classmates have authored books. Take a look at a list of them. Do you know of additional class of ’70 authors/books to add to this list? Email us at to share.

Point of Contact

Allison Deem '10
Coordinator of Alumni Reunions
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Allison joined the GAA staff in May 2022. She is excited to be back home at Carolina planning events for fellow Tar Heels to reunite in Chapel Hill. Allison enjoys live music, spending time at the beach, a good cup of tea, and playing with her cat, Alice.