Alumni Gather for 50-Year Reunion

Members of the Class of 1961 -- BBA and MBA -- gathered to mark their 50th class reunion last month.

Members of the Emory Business School Class of 1961 gathered last month to celebrate commencement and mark their 50th reunion.  The group met for dinner at the home of Goizueta Business School Dean Larry Benveniste and his wife, Marie.

The school was re-named in honor of long-time Coca-Cola CEO Roberto Goizueta in 1994 after more than 70 years  with the Emory title. In 1961 the school operated out of the Rich Memorial Building, which sits adjacent to the two-wing Goizueta complex that towers over Jenkins Courtyard and Patterson Green.

Larry Kaminsky, reunion co-chairman, said many of the attendees remain active in the Goizueta community.

“The ones who are active stay active throughout the years,” said Kaminsky, who is also a member of the school’s advisory board. “It goes back to that old adage — what you put into something is what you get out of it. We put into not only getting a good education at Emory but also having a good social experience that continues to this day.”

Six members of the Class of 1961 (five BBA and one MBA) and their spouses attended the event. According to Kaminsky, the entire BBA graduating class consisted of less than 30 people. Now the program boasts more than 600 students.

“I think in the future  Goizueta and Emory will move on up the ladder to the top 10 in the world for business schools,” Kaminsky said. “It’s a challenge that’s well worth doing. It’s exhilarating.”

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