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Spring 2005 | Volume 28, Number 1 | Alumni

Class of 1955 Will Be Inducted Into the Founders Circle at Ivy Cutting in June

IN THE EARLY 1950s, Denton “Produce” Palmer was importing watermelons and apples from Eastern Washington and selling them on the Seattle Pacific campus. The enterprising student was happy to make enough money to pay for the two blown tires it cost him to bring the fresh fruit over the mountain pass.

On June 10–11, 2005, Alumni Board President Denton Palmer and other graduates of the Class of 1955 will be inducted into the Founders Circle, a recognition reserved for those who earned a degree from Seattle Pacific University 50 or more years ago. They and their spouses will be guests of honor at the annual Ivy Cutting ceremony. They’ll also receive certificates marking their special status, attend a Camp Casey barbecue celebration, and catch up on the days when “The Honeymooners” was No. 1 on TV.

“It’s the event of a lifetime,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor. “I love watching friends who haven’t been together for a very long time rediscover one another. These are people who spent their formative years together and who have a bond that doesn’t end.”

Palmer is a prime example. Besides being the site for his fruit-selling ventures, Seattle Pacific is where he met his wife (they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary) and where he was a classmate of Curtis Martin (the only Seattle Pacific graduate to become SPU president). Palmer plans to celebrate these and many other Class of 1955 connections in June.

For more information on the 50-year reunion, call 206/281-ALUM.

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