Long before the national alumni association, Joan Brennan Kennedy simply placed calls to her Edgecliff classmates inviting them to her house for what became a yearly reunion. The 1951 graduate has since organized 53 reunions, a record that remains unchallenged by any other class. For Kennedy, a retired school teacher who splits her time between Northern Kentucky and Washington state, the reunions are the only contact she has with former classmates.
“We don’t want to lose touch with those we love so much,” she says. “We always had the feeling that we were one big happy family.” Kennedy’s class has also contributed the most money to the Edgecliff fund, which provides scholarships for relatives of Edgecliff alumni, and each year donates a gift—usually a diamond necklace—to be raffled off during Reunion Weekend.
Although they no longer meet at each other’s houses, Kennedy is proud her class has sustained the tradition. “It’s a tribute to the experience we found at Edgecliff.”